Make a packable hennin

V-neck Burgundian gown worn with a white horned hennin

V-neck Burgundian gown worn with a white horned hennin

I’ve offered to teach a class for Avacal’s Winter Crown on February 15, 2019 in Beiseker, Alberta. I figured I’d share a little bit of information here in case anyone was interested. (You don’t need to be an SCA member to attend the event.)

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Pyrography bling box – Italian Renaissance

Italian Renaissance themed Pyrography box

Italian Renaissance themed Pyrography box

After my first round of wood-burned bling boxes, I decided I really wanted to make more – one for each of the costumes I currently have to hold small things like jewellery, belts, etc. I also decided it would be a good idea to decorate not just the lids of the boxes, but also the fronts – so when I stack them on a shelf, I can tell what is in each at a glance.

One of the costumes that has quite a bit of jewellery is my Italian Renaissance costumes. This includes the red and gold striped dress (Gamurra), the gold and black over dress (giornea), the red and gold overdress, the green dress, and the teal velvet overdress to start with… with plans for a few more elements to come…  Continue reading

Small Ottoman inspired woodburned box

New small pyrography decorated bling box with a tiger-stripe & 'chintamani' Ottoman design

New small pyrography decorated bling box with an Ottoman design

A while ago I made a large bling box with a design inspired by Ottoman garments to hold and transport the bling for my costume.

Simple circles on the woodburned box for my Ottoman Empire Turkish costume elements.

Simple circles on the woodburned box for my Ottoman Empire Turkish costume elements.

Although I love the garb for this costume, and am in the process of making more – I don’t have a lot of jewellery for this costume. Although I have a few accessories (hat, belt), they’re too bulky to all fit in the box.

Which… kind of makes the box less useful right now until I make more bling for this costume!

With that in mind, I figured I’d make a smaller box that can just hold the few pieces I do have – and it will fit inside the bigger one if I want.  Continue reading

3D scanned & printed holiday gift

3D printed miniature necklace stands for a doll diorama - made  for a holiday gift for a friend

3D printed miniature necklace stands for a holiday gift

Like previous years, I’m writing this before Xmas, and will publish it afterwards to save the surprise… though anyone who checks out my Instagram profile might have had a bit of a sneak preview…

One of my friends collects dolls, and makes little dioramas of her dolls. She purchased a miniature necklace display stand online, and after the LONG shipping time because of the Canadian Postal Union strike, she got it, loved it, and wanted MORE for a little jewellery shop diorama. Continue reading

2019 Historical Sew Monthly challenges

hand-sewing the folded grey wool exterior to the pink linen interior of the collapsible truncated hennin hat.

collapsible truncated hennin hat.

The challenges for the 2019 Historical Sew Monthly have been announced! I am excited to read about it but… also feel rather unsure about my participation, since in 2018 I didn’t get to many of the challenges at all. I made lots of things in 2018… (like the collapsible and packable truncated hennin to the left)  just not a lot that worked with the challenges at the timeframe of the challenges…

Still, each year I do a post with what I’m thinking of and what I’d like to do… so this year is no different. Perhaps it will help inspire me!  Continue reading