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Halscleet – Antwerpen white linen partlet

Halscleet – Antwerpen white linen partlet

Antwerpen White linen partlet started May 12, 2018. Finished June 9, 2018. Special thanks to Aleit Pietersdochter over at The New Cut who is working on documenting 16th century Dutch costuming terms and dug up the terms “Halscleet”/”Halsdouck”/”halscleer” which seem to be the proper name […]

Tailoring Manuals

Tailoring Manuals

Ausberg/Innsbruck (Austria) 1544/68 Hans Nidermayr, the younger of Innsbruck, 1544/68, Innsbruck, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum F.B. 4240. (Poland) Polish Tailor’s Cutting Guide from Germany, Breslau 1567, AC 1992.243.1. (link) (Italy) 1570 The Milanese Tailor’s Handbook, written in the 1570s, (Amazon)(link) Seville (Spain) 1588 manuscript of Diego […]

Rust Antwerpen Market Gown

Rust Antwerpen Market Gown

Rust linen Antwerpen gown started May 16, 2018. First wearing May 27, 2018. Not yet finished (still need to add lining). I need a new dress. Well a whole new wardrobe, but one thing at a time. Last year I lost 65 lbs (I am […]

Voodoo Magic with Eyelets

Voodoo Magic with Eyelets

My first YouTube video. Be gentle. Machine done eyelets on a Janome 6600 using an Elna eyelet plate. The Janome will do eyelets.. but it sews a circle. It’s not actually holding threads open or reinforcing the hole. In order to use the Janome eyelet […]

Antwerpen gown epiphany

Antwerpen gown epiphany

I’ve had this thing that I’ve been kicking around for a while. I’m working on my Antwerpen gown and I’ve been kind of stuck trying to figure out what was going on with the front of the dress under the laces. This is the same […]

The bar

The bar

At Beltane, on Friday night I phoned it in… hard. We set up camp, headed off site for dinner, returned to site, put the child to bed and then I decided I wanted to spend a little while sitting by the fire. This last year […]

Frankenhat

Frankenhat

Started on 4/24/2018. Finished 5/10/2018. Pattern: Frankenhat (Scholar’s Cap+Knitted coif cap) Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Worsted black medium 100% wool US$6.99 from Jo-Anne’s Needles: Clover 7″ US sz 8 (5 mm) double pointed bamboo needles Accessories: 3 knitting markers, 1 knitting counter, knitting point protectors […]

Parable of the Engineer

Parable of the Engineer

The parable of the engineer. In my day job I am a software engineer. People who are not engineers come to me and say “Build us {this thing}”. They will in fact sometimes even come to me and say “Build us {this thing} and it […]

Tracking Knitting Rounds

Tracking Knitting Rounds

I am a rank NOOB when it comes to knitting. That said, I hit upon a clever method to track which round I’m on while I was knitting my first project. I’m recording it here so I don’t forget it (and to have the information […]

Scholar’s hat: My first completed knitting project

Scholar’s hat: My first completed knitting project

Started on 4/8/2018. Finished 4/22/2018. Technically this is not the first thing I have ever knit. It is the first thing I’ve completed. About 5 years ago Christian de Holacombe attempted to teach me to knit at a West/An Tir sock wars. I remember doing […]