Tuesday, 26 January 2010
And I like living in my friends' family; they're kind, accepting and I feel included. I've known them most of my life, so that helps.
Today, after a long day in school and spending most of the evening working on an assignment, I started a new project. Well, strictly speaking I started it last weekend, when I cut it out, but today I took out needle and unbleached linen thread. I'm making a late 14th century kirtle, front laced with buttoned sleeves. It will be in a sort of mustard yellow pure woolen twill, a colour that could easily and inexpensively have been got with onion peels or beach bark. I've had it for about three years, knowing all the while what I was going to use it for, but never got round to making it until now. I think I just like having my shelves full of untouched fabrics.... I started on the buttons tonight, but I'll finish them some other day. It's a bit late, and I'm tired.... They seem to be just the size I wanted them to be, though, so that's a good thing.
Saturday, 23 January 2010
In a year (if all goes well) I’ll have a Master One Year Degree in Nursing, with a specialization in Paediatrics. Next to having a family of my own, it’s my dearest ambition to work with helping other families, educating and giving advice on how children work and what they need both physically and psychologically. There are so many parents today who are unsure of themselves and need support and confirmation that they are doing the right thing, or help on how to change their behaviour or way of thinking. There are also (regrettably) many children that are being neglected or abused in various ways, who need someone to notice and act. I want to be a nurse who see these children and have the courage to help them. But first of all I’ll have to get through school.
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
"My Child" by David Bowman
At this most difficult and painful time in my life, nursing my sister, then sewing and help clothing her in the dress she was to be buried in, I felt the truth of the Resurrection so powerfully. I still miss her, but there is no doubt in my mind that my sister is safe, that I will meet her again when it's my turn to leave this world, and that we all will rise again, just like the Savior did, perfect, with no illnesses, pains or handicaps, to live as a family forever.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
The mitts where knitted in the round on metric size 2 (US size 0, UK and Canadian size 14) knitting needles. I didn’t have a pattern, but used various sources on the internet while making them, using a little information here and a little there. What helped me most with the actual knitting was a post on this blog. I didn’t follow all of her instructions, but they were good to use as a reference. I also consulted a few books I have at home, describing crafts in (manly) 18th and 19th century Sweden. They might not be 100% accurate, but they look rather good to me. The purl stitch décor at the top is inspired by mittens from the late 18th- early 19th century in one of my books.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
It didn’t really cost me anything to make. It’s based on the old, no-longer-in-use Swedish court-dress, but I changed the colour from black to dark blue. The original black court dress would not have been used by a dancing lady at a ball though - white was the colour for balls at court. The dresses still had the lattice sleeves, but all in white. The ladies wearing the black court dress at balls where the ladies in waiting on "active duty" (without trains), and non-dancing ladies - the chaperons (with a train). I rather like this dress, I think the sleeves are pretty.
Monday, 11 January 2010
And I know I look dead tired in the pictures. The combination of period clothing and hair with modern make up is a bit amusing as well, but I was to lacy to wash it of before taking the pictures. My kitchen isn't a very 14th century setting anyway :)
The brim folded back:
I took some detail pictures of it as well. How the lining was attached to the outer fabric, which I described in my last post:
I’m quite proud of myself for not being distracted by other projects, but actually finishing this one quickly. It was a battle, I must say, I wanted to make a short jacket for my 18th century outfit, but managed to resist. I did some research for it, but didn’t start sewing it. Good girl!
Thursday, 7 January 2010
The dress was made from a green and naturally black woolen fabric with a herringbone weave, cut to be open, but overlapping in front, with gores in the sides to add enough fullness to walk. Actually, it was just a rectangle with gores sewn in where the sides would be. The dress hung from linen loops (very short in front and long at the back), which was then joined by oval bronze brooches. In the front I had four very short loops, so that each brooch held two front loops - that's how I made the dress overlapping. Some finds indicate that double loops was used at the front, and this could be one way to do it. I think woolen loops are prettier, but linen ones seem to have been more common in Denmark, and since the part of Sweden I was born in, and where the event was held, was a part of Denmark at the time, I did them the Danish way.
Saturday, 2 January 2010
It's been (and still is) cold and snowy. Many of the smaller streets are covered in ice, it's really dangerous to walk down them. Still, I love how beautiful it is when the world is dressed in white. I took the opportunity, while visiting my parent's, to get a picture of my winter coat. I made it some five or six years ago, and then it had bell sleeves. I altered the sleeves last winter, wanting some change, and not able to afford the fabric for a new one. Next year I'll really need a new coat, this one is all but threadbare. It's not as warm as it was when it was new. It's made of a wool blend, and trimmed with rabbit fur. I would like a woolen coat all lined with fur.... I get so cold in the winter, perhaps that would keep me warm. With some luck I'll find a second hand fur I can use.