strange things I found

You know that thing where you finally get around to that long overdue tidying of your sewing room and you always find a few things you’d forgotten were in there – a tape measure or three, some cloth you forgot you’d bought, or, in my case, the carpet (I mean seriously, I hadn’t seen that for years)

Well, in the effort to get things out of my mouldy house, I found a really old medieval costume in the chest in the living room. I don’t go in that chest much because useful things live on top of it. I think this was my third (?) medeival re-enactment outfit I ever made.

It was back when it was very hard to find the right cloth, so it’s wool mix, something I would never buy today, and in my least favourite shade of pale blue because that was all I could get.

The pattern might have come from candace bahouth’s medeival embroidery book, it’s dmc perle cotton on 18 count tapestry canvas in needlepoint – I was 20 and hadn’t yet realised that german brick stitch and needlepoint were not interchangeable.

Part of me cringes at how nasty the materials are and how poor the research was, part of me thinks “meh, I’ve seen worse still being worn at reenactments last year…”

I also found this, which appears to be some sort of persian rug pattern in cross stitch with silk thread. I can only assume I was between projects and a bit bored. i have no idea what to do with it.

The other bit i found was two pieces for a blackwork coif. I know for a fact I never completed the third part and i don’t have any more of the same linen to finish it. Am wondering if it can be converted into a handy purse somehow.

~ by opusanglicanum on September 16, 2020.

7 Responses to “strange things I found”

  1. It’s always good to have some of your first projects. They’re a tangible reminder of how far you’ve come in your work, and good for when you need encouragement, or need material to help encourage others. The black work could make some cool face masks.

  2. I guess we can all look back at the beginning and cringe a little inside. But it was a start, and we all have to start somewhere. If anything, it was learning. It also shows that we were serious. at the beginning. That we are still with it shows that we are on the right path.

  3. As you say, you have to start somewhere. Maybe that bit of canvaswork(?) could be turned into a bag or (if large enough) phone or kindle case?

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