I can't believe that it's been 14 days since I posted anything. I don't usually go this long without sharing my stuff, so I guess I better get busy!
I finished the tunic for Tyrssen. It looks pink, but it's really salmon colored. I had originally made it with straight sleeves, then remembered what a pain in the butt it is to have big sleeves, so I tapered them down. Hopefully, they're still large enough to roll up over his forearms for working/cleaning/cooking. I made it with a slightly simpler design--no armpit gussets--but used long gores on the sides that essentially incorporated the gussets. Fewer seams, less fuss. I sent it to his office so he'd get it sooner and he was so excited, he put it on as soon as he got it...at work...including the cap I made. He said he got a lot of funny looks, but he's very excited and wants to order more fabric and have me make more tunics for him.
See? Not pink like the washcloth. Aunt Melinda suggested it might be "antique red." She's a funny lady! This is the coif I also made for him to cover up his "bed head" after camping several days in the hot fields of Pennsylvania.
I made a bunch of beads for gifts for Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Northshield (black, white and yellow) and Their Majesties of the Middle Kingdom (red, green and white). This is part of the Lampworker's Guild for An Tir (for which I somewhat surprisingly was joined--Sophia just signed me up and I didn't object). There are somewhere around 18 Kingdoms, and the rest of the members made beads for the others--we divided the work up amongst us. Note how these beads do not have the problem with the colors getting all burnt and smokey? Yep...I got a new hot head for the torch and things dramatically improved. I'm very happy with this and want to try to make some more designs for myself and to make as largesse for the Kingdom and the Barony. Other than the torch head, the rest of the materials are pretty inexpensive. I'll need to order some more white for the base colors. I go through a lot of that.
I put the beads onto dental floss and folded them into a square of muslin with two of my SCA business cards (it has my SCA name, titles, and contact information...Vista Print will give you 250 cards for free...just pay shipping. Sweet deal!). Last week Friday, Cammie and I hopped into the car with the yurt and our clothes and some bedding and headed off to July Coronation!
This is the yurt when it's all broken down (canvas not included). To give you size perspectives, the door frame there is 5' long and 3' wide. The circle is the "smoke hole", called the tono; the larger bundle directly under it is a giant baby gate (the khana) that stretches into a 12' diameter circle; the smaller bundle of wood are rafters (uni) that connect from the walls to the tono. It fits very comfortably inside my car. Some people actually have a door frame that disassembles for even easier transport! The ropes hold the frame to the walls and the tension cable wraps around the top, keeping it from splatting outwards. It's an amazing feat of engineering. It sleeps two people quite comfortably. We had two cots and a 3' x 6' table (granted, I could have used a table half the size) that we used for the Coleman stove. Given the smoke hole in the top, it was a well-ventilated area that I felt safe using the stove in. We really only used it to cook dinner and then heat water for tea and washing. We had another small table (TV tray size) that held a 5 gallon jug of ice water for drinking. We could have used some kind of floor covering, like a tarp and some rugs, but otherwise it was very cozy. Unfortunately, I forgot to take any pictures of it set up. I'll have to do that this week...
The kids have been keeping themselves occupied and enjoying the summer weather. They couldn't decide between playing in the pool or on the swings...so why not both? They moved it, filled it, and played for hours. Clever little monkeys!
Today was spent largely at the quilt show for my guild. There are a number of amazing quilts hanging up there, including MINE! My job there today was to volunteer for their charity quilts area. I didn't realize that I was the second-in-command for the charity quilts that go to Children's Hospital (somehow an email went astray) and many things went wrong. Not disastrously wrong, mind you, but I used fabric from the wrong donation pile (I didn't know they were segregated), and I signed in for my volunteer hours in the wrong spot. Next year we'll have it down to a science and we'll trade off hours so it'll work more smoothly.
After I got back from volunteering there, I started making pants for SCA wear as part of my Olympic Costuming competition. One of the things I discovered was that I really only had one pair of Medieval underwear (bloomers, if you will) and I needed to make more. The image above is of one leg...the skinny part on the left is the ankle, and the wide part on the right is the waist. The triangle makes part of the crotch gusset. It's a great pattern because of its simplicity and it uses every scrap of fabric. I bought this rather inexpensive cotton fabric and sewed up two pairs for myself. I also made a pair too big, so I'll finish those up for Kelly. I used some of the leftovers to make a pair for Cammie, but they were too small for her, so they'll be for Ben, and I still have a scrap left over to make another pair for Cammie. I'll have to figure out something else for Emma....
Olympic Costuming is a spin-off of the Olympic Knitting competition that occurs during the winter Olympics, so I'm starting my own Olympic Costuming for the summer Olympics. During the next 2 1/2 weeks, I am going to see how many garments I can make from my seemingly endless stash of fabrics. I need to make new tunics for the kids, for Kelly, and a couple of key garments for myself.
One of the things I've been wanting to make for myself is some kind of warm night garment. Maybe something like a Medieval bathrobe, night tunic, and warm leggings...with feet. I'd like to be able to get up out of bed, slip my feet into boots and go to the privvy without freezing all the way there and back. There are also several occasions when I was so cold I couldn't sleep. These things must be remedied. Of course, the only night clothes I can find in images are simple long tunics, and they're usually of sick people, so they're covered up with blankets.