Lapis lazuli necklace

Hand-strung Egyptian-influenced necklace of lapis lazuli beads

Hand-strung Egyptian-influenced necklace of lapis lazuli beads

Although I haven’t even started pleating the fabric for my linen Egyptian dress (based off the synthetic ‘practice’ one I did in 2017) I still wanted to make a more period-appropriate necklace to go with this outfit. I picked up some lapis lazuli beads from The Bead Store Fashion Jewellery Outlet in Calgary, as well as some lapis beads from Michaels, and thought I would use them along with the Faience beads I recently got back from a friend’s kiln.

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Egyptian Faience – the results

Turquoise Faience beads and pendants

Turquoise Faience beads and pendants

About a year ago, I helped organize a class taught by Alysa from Fuzzy Lizard Studios on Egyptian Faience. In today’s post I’ll show off some of the results…

After nearly a year of sitting around... the turquoise Egyptian Faience beads were completely white

After nearly a year of sitting around… the turquoise beads were completely white

It took a while to get to this point. In the class I made a number of beads and other ornaments, with the plan to get together with other classmates in a few weeks later to have them fired at a local kiln that Alysa had researched for us. I also bought two additional packages of clay-powder to make more beads, but didn’t get right around to making it up into anything. Continue reading

Egyptian faience workshop

Egyptian Faience beads made by Alysa Harron of Fuzzy Lizard Studio

Egyptian Faience beads made by Alysa Harron of Fuzzy Lizard Studio

On Sunday, November 6, 2016, I’m helping to organize a workshop on Egyptian faience in Calgary.

Egyptian faience is the precursor to modern glass technologies and was developed in about 1,500 BCE. This class will cover basic history and hands on creation of faience beads. Each kit includes enough material to create at least 100 beads. We will be using mildly toxic powders; gloves and dust masks will be provided.

Kits cost $20 each, and can be shared.
Teacher: Li Xia of Sigelhundas

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Fabric (and yarn!) shopping in Finland & Iceland

Fabric from EuroKangas in Finland

Fabric from EuroKangas in Finland

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’d be a bit delayed in some of my costume posts, because some Real Life™ had come up – well that Real Life – was some wonderful travel! For much of the month of November I was in Finland and Iceland (again! My second visits to both countries) and that means for nearly a month I wasn’t sewing or writing at all…

But I did shop for fabric!

Finland

My first stop in Finland was in Turku, a beautiful city that I loved during my first visit to Finland on the west coast. I stopped in EuroKangas, the large fabric store chain, which is located at the top floor of a department store. There I bought:

Fabric from EuroKangas in Finland

Fabric from EuroKangas in Finland

Approximately 2 meters of rich dark red pvc – this is going to be an amazing purse/bag I think… This was sold by weight rather than yardage, at the side of the store. (Top row, far right)

5 meters of creamy-silver-grey silk (taffeta weight, no slubs at all – it’s super smooth) – I have this in mind for a Tudor/late-period gown. 100% silk, “Silk Assortment” 19,90 Euro/meter (pretty good) (Top row of the photo, far left)

5 meters of yellowy-green silk (taffeta weight, very few slubs) – this is so not my normal colour, but there was something about it I really liked – perhaps the price! I bought enough for a simple late-period kirtle/dress, though I also think I might try dying it, since it’s a light enough colour that I think it will overdye well. 100% silk, “Sanderson – homecoll” 9,90 Euro/meter (wow!) (Top row of the photo, second from left)

3 meters of olive green silk knit. I bought some of this knit in a grey colourway last time I was in Finland, and although I haven’t actually made it up into anything yet, absolutely love the fabric. I think this will be a loose pullover top. 100% silk, “Moda Jersey” – 27Euro/meter (ouch!) (Top row of the photo, second from right)

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