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June 20th, 2014

10:15 am: so very small

Our plucky heroine is currently obsessed with tiny Anglo Saxon cloisonne brooches. I have been researching all I can find, managed to locate two different archaeological reports (by David Buckton, in "Medieval Archaeology") but have not been able to answer a question that puzzles me: what did they use to attach/hold the enamels and the even tinier little glass spheres to the brooch metal? The bezels are not crimped over as is done in modern jewelery (my background is in modern enamel and metalwork).

I suspect that they were held in place with pitch or some other glue-like substance... but would love to know more... so obsessed geeky girl decided last night to send an email to the British Museum regarding my question: what did they use to attach/hold the enamels and the even tinier little glass spheres to the brooch metal... I am quite excited, today I had a reply to my email that I sent to the Portable Antiquities section of the British Museum - they are " forwarding your email to our National Finds Adviser Kevin Leahy, who is a guru on Anglo-Saxon metalwork! He will be able to tell you more about A-S artefacts." ...

I shall certainly share whatever information they are able to tell me, and am astonished and delighted that my query was taken seriously (geeky girl suffering from a serious case of "who, li'l ol' me...?)


These are not all the extant brooches, just the ones I have managed to find photos of...
they are tiny, the enamels range between 15mm to 18mm (5/8 to 3/4") across.

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June SMART goal challenge
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 thread-winders SR silver chain  backyard yardwaste
2 red rose
heart pendant
backyard meadow
mowed
bag to paper recycling
3 red rose earrings half craftwall
organised
bag to paper recycling
4 2nd sports bra sleeve bands
on green gown
bag to paper recycling
5 duvet cover SPQR pendant
setting
metal scrap to recycling
6 embroidered
red horses
* bag to Goodwill
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8 * * paper recycling
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June 16th, 2014

6:28 pm: what do these three have in common?

our plucky heroine has made sewing a part of her life for many many years, and yet, there are far more sorts of artwork that can be done with those tools than I have ever considered... recently found two different animated tidbits that both make use of sewing/embroidery in different ways... one is this pop video that uses stop motion to animate sewing equipment and threads, in a most entertaining fashion:

and this one uses machine embroidery images frame by frame to create a science fiction narrative, all set to heavy metal, you can read more about the process, or just watch the movie:

Lastly, my habit of reading sewing blogs occasionally casts up a gem of great beauty on the electronic shoreline... I was perusing biblioblog's current post, and she mentioned the sculptural work of Susan Else, and linked to an artwork: "Hard Times" that I found to be profoundly moving...

June 7th, 2014

6:35 pm: progress and planning and presents oh my!

in which our plucky heroine is much encouraged...

my dear online pal LuzClara just sent me two gift boxes with two dress lengths of handwoven wool: the gold and pale blue is from Skye, and the green stripey was woven by her mother! She also tucked in some Japanese textile bits, and the chorus line of wee little maneki neko beads... What an amazing treat!!! (I foresee some new wool apron dresses in my future, as part of my "refurbish the SCA wardrobe" project)

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In response to a post over on Stitchers Guild regarding sewing and the minimalist lifestyle, it seemed a good time to revisit my wardrobe... my ongoing goal is to have enough clothing to go for a week without running a load of laundry, so having eight "sets" of clothing would be both functional and generous. Have yet to get there, but when I recently made an actual chart of what I do have, the areas that are most scant become apparent!

# TEE SHIRTS KNIT TOPS BLOUSES DRESSES PINAFORES POPOVERS SLIPS & APRONS PANTS
1 grey cave horse indigo/black layered blue/multi hawaiian cornflower ikat medium denim indigo nightsky batik black knit embroidered slip cropped black knit
2 bad girl black black bleach print black print lawn black/grey polkadot black lovechild overall jordan almond leafy * *
3 grey floral
neckline
black/grey crow * blue/grey ikat black linen cobalt linen * *
4 bang said max black/grey stripey t-neck * brown japanese dogs black vertical pique blue microcheck linen * *
5 blue stripey cloud black/white winter t-neck * * grey corduroy * * *
6 dk blue leopard black plain * * dk grey linen * * *
7 brown acorn brown celtic wolf * * brown corduroy * * *
8 black square lace grey zip neck * * grey chambray * * *

bold is wearing out - italic rarely gets worn - lingerie, socks and shoes are not on the chart

Currently am refurbishing my everyday sports bras, once that is done, make some popover dresses, as that is my go-to summertime clothing, and true summer is but hiding in the wings... Second, some leggings/loose pants, as that category is almost entirely missing. Next, for autumn (so not as urgent) make some slip/dresses, and a few dresses. Somewhere in there, before the rainy season returns, get moving on the V1212 bodice/sleeve combo.
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Yesterday was the SCA demo at the Royal Rosarian shindig, which I had been asked to attend as part of the artisan village aspect of the local color we were there to provide. In response to the possibility of generating non-SCA customers, I made two pieces that referenced their logo design, a red rose over a golden crown...


While neither of these sold, alas, perhaps some of the business cards that did leave the table will generate an order in the future. And hopefully, neither of these two designs are sooo specific that they will not be saleable someday, or, at the very least, can provide design examples for future workshops
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June SMART goal challenge
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 thread-winders SR silver chain backyard yardwaste
2 red rose
heart pendant
backyard meadow
mowed
bag to paper recycling
3 red rose earrings half craftwall
organised
bag to paper recycling
4 * * bag to paper recycling
5 * * metal scrap to recycling
6 * * bag to Goodwill
7 * * bag to Goodwill
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May 27th, 2014

10:33 am: it's like a rainbow

in which our plucky heroine shares her intention to add more color to her life and that of her beloved pals...

Marya and Seamus(sp?) were running a natural dyeing demo in the Artisan Village at Egil's, and colorful yarn came home with me this weekend... from left to right: brazilwood/madder/redsandalwood, cochineal, indigo overdyed with logwood, cochineal overdyed with indigo, indigo, dock overdyed with indigo, dock... My hope is that the yarn will be strong enough to use for card weaving, but if not, will be used for decorative embroidery, and either way will end up embellishing SCA clothing and gear

May 21st, 2014

9:25 pm: into the rabbit hole

in which our plucky heroine, having stopped in Olympia on the way home from Crown and spending time talking with Cathy, am now currently suffering a minor obsession with Anglo-Saxon enamel brooches... hunting information, have fallen down the rabbit hole of archaeological research...

...following links led me to a citation in the Corning Museum of Glass site, and seeking further information on the journal Medieval Archaeology, I found the Archaeology Data Service site, which has an amazing wealth of informaition, and where I found the first fifty volumes of said journal in digital form! Now have several articles available to read and study. I am such a geek. While I like looking at photos on Pinterest as much as the next person, I love being able to know more than oooo-look-shiney...

May 3rd, 2014

7:56 pm: flower power ponies

in which our plucky heroine couldn't resist graphing out an original design, inspired by a mashup of my own heraldry and the principles of knitted colorwork, since the Great Big Squid bag project was so much fun. This is just an initial pencil sketch, so the shading in of the dark squares is very irregular, which doesn't reflect how the final two-color design will appear. I think I will count this in the "things made" column, as it is something new and creative, even if it didn't take an entire day. Need to see if there is any fingering weight yarn in the stash boxes...


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May SMART goal challenge
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 charted knitting
design
side yard
clothesline
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and a bit of knitted silliness just for fun...


May 2nd, 2014

2:24 pm: not with sticks and string... or SMART revisited

in which our plucky heroine sets self a challenge to get entirely caught up on my SMART goals this month (SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely) My goal for the year is sixty each of make something, fix something and discard something, or approximately five each per month, which is reasonable... Rather got lost on the "timely" aspect in the last several months, which means now making ten things, fixing twelve things and discarding sixteen grocery sacks to either Goodwill recycling or trash over the month of May... can she do it, yes she can! Just watch me!!

Yesterday, as well as the usual work, there was a productive trip to the hardware store with the intention of replacing former collapesed clothesline from last year with something slightly more sturdy. Waited until after sunset for putting together an equally strange contraption...

I attached these closet rod shelf brackets to the side yard fenceposts with dual hose clamps, with the intention that they would serve far better as clothesline brackets than the previous years kludgy makeshift held in place with dowels and scrap wood lashed together...

the new clothesline holds all but the largest of the laundry quite successfully...

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May SMART goal challenge
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
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clothesline
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April 20th, 2014

3:52 pm: Great Big Squid bag update...

Our plucky heroine is still gradually sorting through the photos from her trip to visit family, but my carry-along handwork project is almost finished:

This was the perfect thing to bring along on a long cross-country train trip… time for our plucky heroine to get in lots of practice with the two-handed fair isle technique; the technique now has become very natural, after three weeks occasional pickup work. The bag will look a lot better/smoother once it is actually finished and the knitting has been blocked...

Am just doing some extempore finishing of the upper edge and the bottom edge now, since I only printed out the image chart and not the actual bag pattern, I am making it up as I go… will do a drawstring top rather than open as the pattern shows, I have little use for bags that don’t close, whilst colorful decorative knitted pouches are a wonderful way to keep travel necessities organised, and tourney season is fast approaching...

back of bag has a different design than the pictorial front...


April 7th, 2014

4:36 pm: alternating current

Alabama Chanin style can be funky, or can be a lot more mainstream... One of their more recent journal posts showed a look that was much more conservative than their usual, and I found it to be an interesting way of adding subtle decoration to a pretty ordinary looking dress. Each of their stencil designs can be used in many different ways, depending on not only which colors you choose for your project, but also in what way you decide to stitch, cut, or embellish the stencilled designs. Their 2014 stencil of the year is much more geometric than the floral designs mostly associated with their style.

Whilst I like making my own stencils, their download page is a great resource for stencil designs already worked out and road tested for useability... I have actually downloaded and used one of their designs (Magdalena) when I made the grey tee shirt last year.

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