Category Archives: Historic sewing

2017-02-20

2017-02-20
Morning weight: 205
Yesterday’s read/listen
I started to listen to Alexa Riley’s Everything for Her, but the library borrow period ended a couple of hours in, so I switched to Max Monroe Tapping the Billionaire (which, while very typical for the style -Everything for Her is also nothing spectacular – is turning it to be a fun read. I reread more of Elizabeth Hunter’s Stone-Kissed Sea but fell asleep before I finished it. This is the last of the Elemental world books that I can reread. She needs to write more of them. I browsed a bunch of random stuff from the library to listen to, (of which tapping the billionaire is on of) so I will probably listen to a bunch of those before I start on Hunter’s Cambio Springs books. I think that is my fav of her worlds, but that is the one she says was the most financially unrewarding so she is not going to continue writing books there which is sad. Oh, well. I have to admit that her Irin world is supposed to be rewarded financially and it is my least fav.
The weather continues to be unseasonably glorious. PM just asked if she could drop if the dells for hemming and since mike has left for work already, I said sure. So those are in the house. I promised them to be finished before the weekend. I also got the cable bill payment out to the mailbox and hope to leave for errands and a nice walk (hopefully with the weights, and I finally weighed them and they are one pound each wrist
-mike thinks I should see if I can buy 4 oz weights and work up slowly) before the predicted rain comes. I think I shall sew in one gathering line, Then leave for errands.

A couple of notes about the pleating and some thoughts (and questions) about hemds.

I have been mostly following the lady at https://katafalk.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/patternmaking-for-the-kampfrau-hemd-chemise/ directions for smocking, especially using her “uneven” running stitch for the gathering threads, but just read at http://germanrenaissance.net/pleatwork-guide-gather-method-creating-pleats/ that this lady thinks an even running stitch gives a more stable base to work on. Since I am doing two hemds right now, I will try the even stitch and see what I think of the final result.

Also, since the since the hemd I am currently sewing in the gathering threads is planed for an lower necked hemd, is the six lines of gathering thread sufficient? I am thinking it should be, but I feel almost as if I am cheating if I only do those six lines. I will have to think on this.
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Ok, it’s the end of the day, and I am exhausted. I am a little excited by the amount of jogging I was able to do on my walk, I actually got one of the miles done in 15 min!! And I got the rest of the errands done – I was irrationally irritated by the congestion at all my stops , even after I figured out why (president ‘s day) – couldn’t all those people have stayed home and not got in my way? 🙂

I got eight lines of the stitching in on the Hemd that will be for ST, and dinner cooked, served, and cleaned up from (I even got a lunch for mike packed) and I got started using the plastic thingy to mark up a sample – I wanted to make a couple of samples. But the method is not perfect. I will have to see how this works.

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Anyway, end of day, I am sitting here knitting a bit before I (hopefully) sleep like a rock. I did not sleep well last night, let’s hope I was active enough today to, as I said, sleep like a rock.image

2017-02-19

2017-02-19

The weather is so nice today, it would be a crime not to go for a walk, so mike and I are going for a drive! Well, a drive first to scout out locations for houses, then a small walk. I just the bottom of my foot last night(kinda grossly) so I only want to take a small walk, but like I said, it’s too nice not to walk. I was thinking of working out on the back porch after we get back.

I was so very uninspired yesterday I took out the two hemds I am working on and got close to finishing the hemming on them. I got hat finished today, and am working on sewing in the gathering threads for the one I have the dots marked for. Got those dots in at a Monday craft evening two weeks ago at SR’s place.

I also saw a cool idea that I am going to try at bobbing and weaving last weekend. Instead of using the card stock with holes punched into them at the 1 cm marks (I printed a 1 cm grid) use one of those pieces of plastic grid stuff used for craft stuff (I’ll include picture). This idea was from a lady called Adele.

Anyway, that’s the other part of the craft stuff I want to get done today, get all the dots marked in on the two hemds- and if I am very industryus, get all the gathering threads sewn in?

—note: I only finished the first 5 threads on one of the hemd. It takes awhile to sew those suckers in.

Oh, and the picture is of my one cm grid and a piece of the plastic grid stuff that I am going to try and use in place of the paper stuff. There is some stuff that has larger holes, but this is what I had laying around the house.

2017-02-18

Non sewing – we got the new bank account set up, I am just amazed at the fees that banks think to charge. I think we were spoiled by TFCU, and I wonder about checking out some others.  Getting the account was somewhat complicated because I forgot my wallet (with my license) at home so mike drove back home, and then back to the bank. We mailed off the paperwork for my SCA name and device submission, and the little fishy thank you card. Both ended up being much less postage then I expected and I waited in a silly long line at the post office. Mike and I also went for a walk. I convinced him to make it a bit short (just over 2 miles) because he keeps trying to do one of my walks and then being crippled afterwards. I hope we can go on a short walk tomorrow as the weather is supposed to be glorious again. I also made a chicken salad (spinach and such with su vied chicken) that had a dressing  mike actually liked!!

Crafty wise, I made another sample free motion quilting square (bubbles sample 3) , and worked on hemming the two hemds I have in the process. I should finish the hemming by end of tomorrow ?  The dells also did not get dropped off for hemming because they are still in the process of being made. Very unproductive day, not feeling inspired- so hemming was a good chore. Oh, and mike Reyes to fix the sewing machine, no luck with that. I think, instead of bring it to the place in KC, I am going to try appletree’s service.