I also used to sew for a living, but health problems have forced me to downsize my living situation and into the really fixed income. I don't get out much to see my SCA friends as we're scattered all over the countryside, even in our city it's a bit out of the way. Mundanely, I'm from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, which is in the kingdom Ealdormere, and the shire of Brennistein Vatn.
I'm hoping to get more active once my living situation improves a bit.
I mostly do tablet weaving, and mostly 3/1 twill of that. Along the way, it got me into the Order of the Laurel. http://www.morsulus.org/arlon_maniple.h
Lately, I've picked back up on that and am weaving more figures from the band (which requires drafting the patterns first).
My name is Estelle of Klakavirki (too lazy to find a last name, yeah terrible I know). I've recently begun embroidering again after not having touched such things in 8 years, blasphemy! My mother made sure me and my sisters knew anything from sewing, to knitting, to embroidering and a few other techniques I can't name in english, since I was a little girl. She's an incurable fibreholic.
Within the SCA I've mostly done fighting (fencing and now practicing armoured fighting as well), sewing (garb for me, my Enriqe and my little sister mostly) and some odd A&S project. I'm also prone to be drawing on events.
Now I'm working on two embroidery projects, having rediscovered the joy of needles after hemming an underdress completely with herring stitch. Prettiest of the projects is probably my sister's dress, a blue and white cotton dress with an embroidered dragon down the middle.
I look forward to watching this community for ideas.. and maybe some day I'll be able to add to it :)
- Current Mood: artistic
I'm a fibre junky. If it involves cloth, string, rope, of fiber I'm likely to be interested. I'm usually found knitting or doing something else involving string. At the moment, one of my on-going fibre research projects is trying to find information on when different fibres (namely wool and silk) started to be spun together.
I go by Bridgette in the SCA, and I live up here in AEthelmearc.
My current project (aka magnum octopus) ;) is researching 7th century Pictish textile production techniques - from the breed(s) of sheep raised, to the final fully accessorized daily clothing. I'm currently working on spinning consistent yarns to be used in the weaving process. Yep, handspinning both warp and weft but cheating because while I can do it on the drop spindle only, I prefer to break it up and use my wheel as well. Then I will be building my warp weighted loom, weaving the cloth, making the clothing, casting the broaches and other accessories. Somewhere along the process will be dying some of the cloth (at least for the cloak).
So, anyone else researching early period sheep breeds? I'm interested in particular to 'breeds' that may have existed prior to 1100. So far, I've got the Soay (British is more pure bloodline than American Soay). I'm still working on the sheep that the Romans introduced to the British Isles about 45AD. I am working my way through ML Ryder's Sheep & Man (aka "The Scottish Porn Book") ;).
- Current Mood: nerdy
I'm involved in the Plimoth Jacket Project, and a couple of years ago, I completed a jacket of my own.
I'm currently working on original new patterns for embroidered nightcaps, as well as slowly stitching a 17th century style bedspread, knitting purses, and planning a new embroidered jacket.
I am so excited that people are putting pictures of their work on-line; letting everyone know the size of the historical fibre arts community helps us get more merchants interested in carrying great fibres for us to play with! I remember when it was hard to find anything good, except in small amounts, and now I have so many choices, it's hard to know when to stop shopping!
(My husband says I needed to stop about three paychecks ago, but what does he know?) :)
I am Jahanarabanu Vivana (banu is the 7th C Persian title roughly equivalent to Lady). I am about to celebrate 20 years of weaving. My loving mother taught me to weave when I was but 12 years old on her 8 harness floor loom. When I joined the SCA 13 years ago, I was ecstatic to learn that I could continue to practice this noble art. In the intervening years, I have learned table weaving, inkle/rigid heddle weaving, tapestry weaving, dyeing with natural dyes, spinning, embroidery and of course costuming. My real passion is weaving.
My current weaving projects include cloth for my dear husband's next cloak. A tapestry technique sampler. Finally, I just began weaving a linen blanket for my friend who is due in the next few weeks. I also have several embroidery projects going on as well, I keep an Arts & Sciences Journal on my website.
I currently reside in the Crown Principality of Insulae Draconis, which lies in the realm of Drachenwald.
May your journeys be peaceful and profitable,
- Current Mood: artistic
I am new to the society though and my knowledge regarding the period and relating research is limited (curent
- Current Mood: cheerful
My VERY long-term goal is a Bayeux Tapestry-inspired panel of the courtship of myself and my husband, done in wool yarns on a linen backing. Like I said, it's a very long term goal!
I'd also like to learn cardweaving -- once I have enough clothes in my garb closet, natch.
While I play in the SCA very rarely (Midrealm), I do play within the Adrian Empire. Once I am out of school, I'll have more time for SCA...
- Current Location:casa de los gatos
- Current Mood: calm
I used to be Rowanne of Kirklees in the Kingdom of Drachenwald until I allowed my membership to lapse because I just couldn't get to meetings or events. I will be rejoining with my boyfriend in the new year since a move of house and a boyfriend who is as nuts as I am means I may actually be able to go to meetings.
I have been costuming for many years in many forms of British re-enactment, I love embroidery in all it's forms (and am currently working on my City and Guilds in Embroidery), I dye, knit, I can weave, love to make braids and am determined to learn to spin with a drop spindle if it kills someone.
Thankyou for setting up this community. I look forward to learning much and hopefully helping if I can.
- Current Music:Halo 3 soundtrack
My name is Ysabella-Maria Vasquez de Granada and I'm a fibreholic. :) I normally focus on embroidery (both counted thread and freeform work, and even the occasional bit of Opus Anglicanum) but I've also done quite a bit of other stuff including lucet, braiding, reticella and some tablet weaving. Knitting is beyond me, but I can do crochet lace (such a shame it's too late for us!). The next thing on my to-learn list is woven tapestry, once I make myself a suitable loom.
I also fence, and my one regret about taking up the rapier is that some of those hours I used to spend at events sitting and sewing are now taken up on the list field.
Does anybody have a linen source they like other than http://www.fabric-store.com ? I am looking for some green, preferably with a thread count of 28 to 32.
One Answer so far:
If you're counting threads and your aim is evenweave "art" linen, Salt and Pepper carries most Wichelt and Zweigart linen colors and sizes: http://www.salt-and-pepper.com/ Pricey, but a yard goes a long way.
...has quite a growing list of links in the comments section, to examples of embroidered necklines and other clothing embelishments.
I hight Eowyn Amberdrake, from Caid. My primary fiber art is embroidery, and enjoy fingerloop braiding as well. I just finished doing an Elizabethan sweet bag, and have been working on an Opus Anglicanum piece. See my projects at eowynsartifacts. I'm also working on writing a book on Elizabethan sweet bags, with a book blog at drakes_mark
I just finished a tablet weaving project doing a checkerboard pattern in a green silk for our Kingdom A&S. I'm hoping to move on to Egyptian Diagonals soon.
- Current Location:Turtle House Brewery
- Current Mood: calm
My name is Iskander Kurdi, a resident of Caid. Thanks to the influence of my mother, I grew up around and doing various fiber arts (Hey! It was the 1970's, and Rosie Grier was a personal role model).
I have done a large amount of needlework (pre-SCA) and played with plenty of related fiber arts - spinning, weaving, dying, ropemaking, braiding, et cetera.
In the SCA, I portray a member of the Yeniceri corps (the slave-soldiers of Ottoman Turkiye - known in the West as the Janissaries). My primary focus is Osmanli cultural studies, with an emphasis on music (both secular and piritual).
My other historical hobby is as a member of Legio IX Hispana (www.legio-ix-hispana.org), a high-fidelity reenactment group that focuses on the late 1st century AD. I have more chances to play with string in this context than in the SCA.
I'm looking forward to seeing what trouble we can cause here...
- Current Location:the chaikhana
- Current Mood: calm
I'm mostly a scribe in Caid with an Elizabethan persona, but I've done a few fiber-y things over the years. I enjoy embroidery very much (especially painting my own canvas). More recently I've being doing a little knitting and a little kumihimo and fingerloop braiding. I enjoy lucet cord and recently bought a beautiful black ebony lucet. I've dabbled a bit in bobbin lace and tablet weaving and would very much like to do more of both (in my copious spare time which I swear someone keeps coming into my life and stealing!)
I was never really interested at all in spinning, but a recent A&S session got me to try it and I'm interested in learning a bit more, just to say I really tried it and understanding a bit more.
Mundanely I'm the Keeper of Spoilers for a studio (I work in television :)
- Current Mood: sleepy
Hi I'm Philippa Schuyler and I'm a fiber junkie. 8-] I've been one since the mid 80's when my lord hubbie was on the tourney circuit and our young scion was toddling his way through every playpark in Caid. I needed something I could pick up and put down while I cheered on the one and toddled after the other. Drop spinde was ideal for that.
And you know how it is, one thing leads to another, and pretty soon I'm a fiber laurel with a table loom, inkle looms, tablet weaving loom, warp-weighted loom -- you get the idea. Thouroughly warped.
I've tried my hand at just about everything early period (lace and embroidery are a mystery to me). But I'll give just about anything a try. I picked up kumihimo this summer at Griffin Dyeworks' Fiber Retreat. And one of these days I'm going to try that Great Wheel!
I've got a fiber blog: http://wefttomyowndevices.blogspot.com, where I put up all my fibery endeavors.
This sure is a lively place. 8-]
- Current Mood: embarrassed
Anyway! This is your friendly babbling unnamed as of yet viking from Knight's Crossing, Drachenwald. You can call me babbling twit. ~_^
I am so new to embroidery and all things fabric art and SCA that just yesterday I learned how to chain stitch and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.
Any tutorials, tips, help, cheering or jeering would be awesome. I have a project in mind for myself but...I'm at a loss on how to do it or how to even go about doing it. I've seen on other blogs and sites that some people use alternative materials to do the embroidery on and then applique it to the garment. What is the merits of this if any? What sort of materials should I use? Would it be advisable? Is it period? Where can I get period dyed and made embroidery floss? Does that matter in an A&S entry?
Hopeless Newbie, Humbled Before Your August and Magnanimous Wisdom,
Unnamed Viking Babbling Twit of Knight's Crossing Drachenwald (you can call me Nemmy for now XD)
I'm Ari Usni, Laurel and practitioner of string-fu. My home is in Atenveldt, and the rest of the folks here seem to like it that way. Most of my time is spent tracking folks precedence records, making scrolls, and joining cryptic bits of cloth and string.
Alas, it appears that spinning and I do not get along (tho Ivan is determined to change that fact.) Embroidery, crochet, needle lace, weaving, and knitting all have my attention at various points and I seem to have some skill in them. My stash of yarn is reaching obnoxious proportions if you were to believe my husband, and I still don't think I have quite enough.
I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else does.
I learned to spin in 1999 at my then-home barony's spring event (Barony Rivenstar of the Middle Kingdom). I've also been active with shire Riviere Constelle and shire Stonecroft (both also of the Midrealm).
I have 2 Babe wheels (pvc): the double treadle fiber starter and the liten spindel, as well as numerous drop spindles and a couple support spindles. My favorite drop spindles are my Kundert and my 2 Greensleeves.
Here's a shot of my current project - I'm almost done spinning the single and plan to Navajo-ply it (making a 3-strand yarn):
Bevin the Snarling Badger
Wow, this group seems to have been a great idea!
I'm Sarah MacGregor from the Shire of Ardanroe in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann (Shreveport, LA area). I have been weaving for about 8 years, though I'm not 'excellent', just competent. I am not overly fond of inkle, enjoy tablet, and have 2 rigid heddle looms that get a good bit of exercise. I'll soon be acquiring what I believe is a 4 shaft floor loom; it has resided with 4 shire members to date and seems to be coming to me next. I also have a mauradai and enjoy fingerloop braiding, though I don't do either that often. I'm learning knitting as of this year and seem to be growing quite an addiction (same username as here on Ravelry, if anyone cares). My other half enables my fiber habits by combing and carding, and his mother spins. I suspect our home will be increasing by a spinning wheel soon as well.
Outside of fiber geekery, I'm the Principal Herald of Gleann Abhann. On my to-do list is weaving some double-faced baldrics for heraldic use as our Kingdom tabard is entirely too warm 8 months of the year.
Mundanely I'm a bookkeeper.
Glad to be here!
- Current Location:Work
- Current Mood: coffee!
- Current Music:Bark at the Moon
I thought I would start off by asking the community for their collective opinion on flat caps. I am interested in knitting flat caps for two students of mine for 12th night.
Has anyone knit flat caps and if so, got any suggestions? Currently, I have two balls of Kashmira Yarn, red wool, per hat. (so 568 yards of medium weight wool.) However, I've read online that some people have had trouble felting with it.
So first -- what flat cap patterns have you knit and did you like them?
Second -- Has anyone used Sensations Kashmira yarn for a flat cap and did it work out alright or no?
I'm Lady Albreda Aylese, of the Shire of the Mountain Freehold, East Kingdom. I'm a fiber junkie from way back, and spin, weave (tapestry, early period yardage, and tablet), embroider, am starting to handsew early period garb, do a little bit of dyeing, and I'm learning to naalbind. Basically, if it involves string, I've either tried it, or would love to!
I'm also the founder of the A&S 50 Challenge (ArtsAndSciences50.org), and general promotor and teacher of A&S up here in the Northern Region of the East Kingdom.
Thanks for starting this group - should be interesting!
So far, I've had the awesome opportunity to learn a little about carding, spinning, dying and bobbin lace. I also love to sew, and play with knit and crochet. I'm excited about learning period techniques, and just seeing all the different fiber arts activities I can get my hands on!
I'm Aoife. I'm in the Shire of Anglespur in the East. I spin, weave, and dye at this point. In fact, I dyed and wove my apprentice belt. This is my hobby -- I'm really dedicated to bardic arts.
My upcoming project is several sets of leg-wraps based on a pair in Ancient Danish Textiles and a pattern from another cloth fragment. It's a check pattern -- white & brown. The brown will be walnut dyed. Then I plan on overdyeing each pair (except one) using madder, weld & woad.
This is my second weaving & major dyeing project. I'm tired of cold legs. :)
i'm thrilled about this new community and look forward to sharing our creative adventures!
I've recently moved home to Calontir, having spent several years in Northshield. I do: knitting, crochet, smocking, embroidery, wool processing, spinning (drop), bad netting, weaving (inkle, card, 4 harness), dyeing, complex braids, lucet, fingerloop braiding, and clothing. There are a few things that I haven't tried my hand at yet, but we'll get through the Great List someday.
And a question: Plying with a drop spindle - is there any way to make this easy?
I'm a fiber junkie. I knit, crochet (is that period? I haven't found any documentation), weave, do some kumihimo, make bobbin lace (I learned from a Belgian teacher...lucky me!) , spin on a spindle, do tatting (way out of period), do a little nalbinding (self-taught) and want to learn LOTS more! I'd love to have a spinning wheel or floor loom in my house, but I just don't have enough room. I live in rather cramped quarters. I have a kick spindle, though...way out of period, but interesting nonetheless.
I saw this group from one of the other weaving groups here on LJ and thought it would be interesting. I'm eager to "meet" more people and learn from all of you!
- Current Location:my cluttered little corner of the world
- Current Mood: crafty
- Current Music:blessed silence
I have a lovely tape loom and have been making garters for those in my household. I am not that great at knitting and am learning blackwork on linen and making it look good and not sloppy. I prefer hand sewing and am looking at trying my hand at dying.
For those who don't know (I'd say, about 85 of you!), I loves me some weavin'! More string better!!
P.S. This is Amya, from Lyondemere (Caid). :)
- Current Location:Home
- Current Mood: artistic
My name is Shanzi, and I'm a fiber addict. ~_^
I've been flirting with the SCA for about 10 years now. I started in Meridies, and I'm now technically in the Barony of Caer Mear, in Atlantia, though I have more connections and Pennsic camping rights in Æthelmearc. I have learned that unless you want to look bad, you never teach a friend the tricks of the fibery trade at Pennsic. That said, I'm primarily a spinner/knitter, though I do some inkle and tablet weaving. I also dye up a storm, both natural and otherwise, and I have a general working knowledge (read: if I need it, I'll figure it out) of a few little fibery techniques here and there.
I recently landed a job at the local fiber arts store (I really can't call is a LYS, it's much more than that), and my dear boss is a colonial reenactor, herself. It makes for some interesting conversations. It also gives me ample time to plot garb, heh.
How do you protect your Great Wheel as you transport it to demos? I got one, this past spring, and am trying to figure out how to carry it safely to and fro... It dates from 1780, we believe.
Oh gracious. Mine's a reproduction and only a decade+ old or so. Here's
my wheel at a demo.
There's a pin that holds the wheel on the axel. Only the upright with the axel is statically attached to the base. Both the front two uprights lift out of the cutouts in the base. You'll see that the front one has a wooden pin through the base, that holds it in place. Also, several the pieces in that larger front upright also unconnect easily.
The base has three legs and the one major back upright, and it takes up the whole backseat in my car. The wheel itself just barely fits through the hatchback, and rests on the passenger headrest as well as the backseat/hatchback. All the rest of the pieces fit in one drawstring back about the size of an elongated backpack.
I hope that gives you some idea how I deal with my wheel. I keep thinking it might be nice to make some custom bags and/or covers, maybe drawstring or tied closed, to protect any of the pieces inmy car. But so far, just the loose pieces in one bag is a good enough arrangement.
Well, since we're doing introductions...
Within the Society, I'm known as Björn the Navigator, and I'm currently surving as the Herald of the College of Sankt Vladimir, which is located within the Barony of Ered Sul, Atenveldt. (NAU, Flagstaff, Arizona). I first joined the Society in the mid-80s, but dropped out by the end of the decade... and stayed out until this year.
Like Sergeant Schultz, I Know Nothing, but I'm interested in learning tablet weaving and loom weaving... I want to learn to weave my own tartan. I'm kind of hoping to find someone in the Northlands who has much knowledge about tablet weaving, so I don't have to teach myself from websites.
- Current Mood: cheerful
I'd heard of CD spindles before, since getting 60 CDs from a programmer friend I'm looking to build some up as a classroom kit that students can simply make to their preference (top or bottom whorl) and keep. Otherwise, teaching can get awkward.
And as much as the idea of my own great wheel made out of plywood makes me drool, I keep going back and looking over the designs for the charkhas. I know they're only period to the 1960s, but I think they're completely adorable, and it would be awesome to pull one out on a long car trip or something.
I have 2 marudai and a takadai and I want to get an ayatakedai (which does the Japanese equivalent of tablet weaving) next. I also do fingerloop and handloop braiding and knit.
I'm a moderately long-time SCA member in the Barony of Dreiburgen, Kingdom of Caid. I used to do scribal things and I still marble paper and bind books, but I've pretty much evolved into an Asian fiber junkie over the past few years
I'm Marguerite filleresse de saie, and I'm from the kingdom of Artemisia (Utah, specifically). I've been playing for almost two years come Estrella, and I'm about all over in my persona (I started as a viking and want a cotehardie someday), but I'm settled pretty well on 16th century England/Flanders.
I got into spinning when I found out that a church leader had two alpacas and sheared them every year, but their garage was full of bags of fiber that they had no use for. I decided that I had to have it, and I had to have some means of processing it, so I got my first drop spindle and a free bag of alpaca fiber. I've gotten pretty good at it, but I hope to one day get my own spinning wheel and eventually weave fabric from it (I also just got married and moved into a tiny apartment, so this is a loooong-distance goal, for some undetermined future where we actually have space). I also got fiber flax seeds that I hope to plant next spring, harvest, process, and spin.
I have a garb/craft blog that I occasionally post stuff I'm working on, from garb to yarn to paintings that I want to keep track of, here: sassyspinster.blogspot.com
I also do lucet weaving, a tiny scad of beginner bobbin lace, and some beadwork. I hope to learn tablet weaving and become not-pathetic at embroidery, particularly blackwork.
I'm thrilled at the creation of this group, and I hope to see lots of stuff to help fuel my own creativity.