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No way! This is eerie. I just recently got back into the SCA. Just recently began finding my niche. On the exact day that I decided to start doing fiber arts, this community was born. That is so creepy awesome.

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)

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holyschist
Oct. 17th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
It's definitely a continuum. As far as competitions go, as long as you explain your reasons, you're usually okay, so.

Madder intimidates me.
newperspectives
Oct. 17th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
why does madder intimidate you so? I'd never played with it before, but I ordered some pretty good stuff, and it's actually been relatively easy. I was a little concerned, but it's been more forgiving than I expected.
holyschist
Oct. 17th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
I think it's because I'm read so much about how sensitive it is to water quality and so on. I'll have to give it a shot one of these days (I do have a bunch sitting around). I want to try the sun fermentation methods, but I'll have to steal someone else's sunny backyard.
newperspectives
Oct. 18th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Well, I'm finding that it is indeed, but that's it's relatively easy and fun to manipulate. Pick up some pH test strips from a hardware or pool supply - water has to be rather basic to get reds (but I got a truly stunning and vibrant orange in more acidic water). I'm lucky to have excellent tap water available and am playing with a variety of mordanting and post-treatment techniques, mostly from the aforementioned book. Go into it open-minded (don't try to be matching a particular color), and have fun! I've been *loving* it.
and my onionskins with iron yielded a *beautiful* mossy green. Yummy stuff.
I should post about what I did once I have photos available!
holyschist
Oct. 18th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
naturaldyes *cough cough*

Yeah, I'll probably wait until spring/summer to play with dyeing more. My apartment has awful ventilation and I have a lot of other projects to get done in the next few months. But I'll definitely give madder a try.