Blue wool apron dress

Blue wool apron dress over a green wool underdress

Blue wool apron dress over a green wool underdress

In early September I was laid off from work (after over 6 years working there) which meant that I had a wee bit of spare time on my hands between applying for a new job and trying to get other things in order.

Of course, this meant spare time meant sewing time!

The first item I made was a wool apron dress.

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Viking Knit necklace (Appreciation of Skill)

Completed chain with toggle clasp

Completed chain with toggle clasp

In my previous post I mentioned that I’ll be stepping down as Montengarde’s Emerald Rose (The Arts & Science champion for the barony of the SCA I’m in) and part of that step-down is finding a new champion.

At the request of some of the population in our kingdom, I got permission to open up the competition to people who will not be trying to become champion – but would like the chance to compete anyways. I hadn’t originally planned for that, but I thought it would be great to have a gift to give to the “runner up” – regardless if that person is or isn’t a member of Montengarde.

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Arts & Science championship regalia

Rose appliqué on the bag I made

Rose appliqué on the bag I made

In January I’ll be stepping down as Montengarde’s (The SCA Barony where I live) Arts & Science champion (the Emerald Rose) for the year, and holding a competition to find my replacement. When I won, I received a number of cool items to use for the year  – regalia for the title. I’ve been told that it’s a tradition that each champion adds something to the regalia, so I wanted to make something that I’d be missing when I started, and I thought would make a good addition to the collection.

I decided to make a small purse to add to the regalia.

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hand-made pendant bails

Reproduction coin with hand-made riveted bail

Reproduction coin with hand-made riveted bail

So this might not seem like much, but I was really happy that I was able to add a hand-made bail to one of my coin pendants. This is another of my ‘stretch’ goals in working on my Hameenlinna (inspired) necklace now that I have (most of) the right reproduction coins.

I used coloured copper sheet metal (24 gauge) from Michael’s, along with a selection of small rivets from Michael’s too. I THINK I can make my own rivets from wire, but I haven’t tried that yet.. maybe next…

I’m expecting a small order of sheet silver, which will be the more period material, and I really need to use some nylon-head pliers to avoid marking the metal – but I’m happy that I was able to figure this out to get one stretch closer to my stretch goal of improving my necklace.

Fabric Shopping in Edmonton

Fabrics from Edmonton's Fabricland

Fabrics from Edmonton’s Fabricland

I headed up with some friends to Edmonton, Alberta to celebrate Yule in the SCA barony of Borealis (it was an amazing, awesome event, with lots of classes which makes me happy!) and on the way back, I convinced our driver to make a quick stop at Fabricland…

Last time I was up there they had the silk brocade I have bought before, albeit in a colour I’m not 100% thrilled with (sort of a greenish orange-gold) but it was full price… this time it was 40% off, so I bought all they had left – 12 meters (I need 10 for the project I have in mind, so the extra two is bonus for other projects…)

Mind you.. I also got a few other things….

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