Sunday, May 20, 2018

Belt on a Band Loom

Cleaning up the old projects, to make room for the new. I started this band last summer to practice tension on the medieval box loom (beating it evenly with a wool warp is a bit trickier than the cotton I used the first time around).  By the end I think I figured it out, so hopefully the next project turns out a little more...consistent in its width.  It'll do for a belt with my serving attire, at least, or maybe just a strap for hauling small bundles.

Green, white and red striped woven wool belt.
Warp-faced wool belt.
Woven on a band loom with rigid heddle.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Getting Ready for the New Season

Took a break from thesis to prep all my shoes for the reenacting season. Cleaned, conditioned uppers, oiled soils, and then polished.

Four pairs, but five colors of polish...

I enjoy school, but am looking forward to having more sewing time...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Yet Another Sewing Kit

Nope. I definitely don't have a problem. I do, however, still have a fair amount of that wild stripe material left over from my quilted petticoat. So, I decided the Fort needed a "floor model" to accompany the copies of Fanciful Utility which are for sale in the gift shop.

Angled side shot of the kit makes it look more impressive.

I sort of like how the pink coral (aka "brains") print
from my pinner apron looks with the green.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Local Color

I came across this in my reading, and now really want to see someone reproduce the cart Rev. David Blaine made for his infant son:
 “I made him a little cart when we were in Portland, worth about $20.00. The wheels are just large buggy wheels and painted red with black stripes. The box is shaped like a shoe, long enough for him to lie down in and bundle up, and is painted sky blue. I have the material for a top but have not put it on. It will have three bows to be covered with enameled black cloth. The top will be fixed to fall back like a buggy top. I have no boy to draw it, so I have to be the horse myself. Johnny is very fond of riding.”--Letter to Seraphina (sister), Jan. 8, 1857.

In Letters and Papers of Rev. David E. Blaine and His Wife Catharine.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

New Daguerrotype

With thesis-writing eating my time, all my sewing projects are temporarily on hold.  Meanwhile, here's a new dag from my collection. 

Daguerrotype, unknown sitter. Author's collection.

Monday, April 23, 2018

New SA Sunbonnet Pattern

Because the thing you need more than a new free sunbonnet pattern, is one made from an original garment by the multi-talented Liz Clark.

[Update: Mrs. Watkins has already reviewed it here.]