christmas present

Next year at Evesham we’re meant to be doing a royal display, dateline 1265, and the other week when I was there on my own to do the fashion show I realised something very important.

I can’t wear my c12th dress, because it’s too old fashioned for the dateline.

I can’t wear my new eagle silk dress, because it matches the king’s

And I can’t make something from the gorgeous orange silk in my stash, because it’s leftover from the king’s bed hangings, and I don’t want to match the curtains.

So I decided to spend the rest of the christmas money my dad gave me. The exchange rate isn’t great, but I figured if I wait until next year I might have to pay customs because of F***ing brexit.

So I got this

They did have it at Christmas when dad gave me the money, but to be honest I wasn’t sure, but I’m glad I bought it now because it’s much nicer in the flesh than it was on sartor’s shop. It’s not as shiny as some of the other silks, being a twill rather than satin weave, but it’s much much heavier than any of the other silks I’ve had from them, and drapes beautifully.

It will be a close sleeved dress, and I want to do some embrodiery for it, and possibly some enamels, so I’m not going to cut it yet. I will store it away with the graphed out pattern I made before ordering – I made inquiries about the exact pattern size and arrangement and spent several days working out the most effective cut whilst keeping the design direction, I can get a 3/4 circle skirt out of 3.9 m, but I ordered 4.2 to be on the safe side.

but I might leave it out and stroke it a bit more before I put it away.

I also got a half metre of this, which is a narrow width of c8th design in a silk linen mix. I don’t actually have a use for it, but I was curious because I don’t think I’ve come across a silk linen brocade before. It’s very very stiff, almost cardboardy. I’m tempted to use some to face a small reliquary box.

~ by opusanglicanum on August 16, 2018.

11 Responses to “christmas present”

  1. I full on sympathize. Tinkerbelle hated to be groomed, especially those matted dreads that form on their tummies. I once took her to a groomers. She looked beautiful, long silky locks and truly white, white bits, but she was totally traumatized. Spent the entire evening cuddling with me, which she never did normally. I never took her again. A parcel of silk is obviously what you needed after such a traumatic day!

    • I don’t think I’d dare take him to a groomer because he’s violent and has no scruples, plus, being a maine coon he’s two stone of muscle with butcher’s hooks for claws. I’m scared if I took him to a groomer they’d sue. I’m not even sure the vet could do anything without sedation, he normally takes a swipe at them just for speaking

  2. I admire your masterful reasoning for having to buy that parcel of loveliness and have made mental notes for the next time I might need to do something similar. Catnip any good?

  3. I have long been convinced that the only reason people love cats is because they are masters at giving us Stockholm syndrome

  4. Maybe his bedtime cuddle was his way of saying “can we be friends again?” At least I would take it as that and accept.

  5. You poor traumatised pair (or is it a trio – Gareth too?). I’m glad you’ve got something to help you feel better. There’s certainly a lot to look forward too. And no, you don’t want to match the curtains – camouflage doesn’t sound suitable for the context!

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