Anya’s Laurel cloak – new progress :)

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...I started to work at Anya's Laurel cloak and thats the progress till now :)


hood - finished II :)

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...I have to admit that I added some additional embroidery - but now its really finished - I promise :)


hood - finished :)

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...and my new hood is finished now :)


hood - progress :)

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I wanted to make a hood with a dagging since the start of this challenge and now I started one - it's just a progress picture because I still want to add some embroidery to the liripipe :)

stitch not normally used by me: chain stitch


project completed :)

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...project "blue 12th century dress with gathered body part" completed :)

stitch not normally used by me: pearl embroidery
& new design elements inspired by the Alba shown at the Treasury here in Vienna
-> dog inspiration
-> inspiration for the other design elements & pearl embroidery


new progress :)

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...new pearls and also some new progress concerning my dress :)



Greetings to all,

Well, as I am in desperate need of a cloak, I shall take up the challenge as well. I am currently looking for the right yellow wool. I am also stocking up on rabbit pelts. To both make a large rabbit blanket with all the hides sewn together and also to trim a cloak with. And I think I will attempt Catherine Wheels on the cloak. My arms have three in black. This should be fun AND useful. :-)



project part 3

Here's the linen for the side panels of the dress in a Sappan wood dye bath. The linen mordanted for a day, the wood was also soaked for a day. The linen has been in the bath for about 20 minutes at this point. I'm going to leave it in till Sunday.

project part 2

Here is the embroidery for the collar panel of the dress, and the materials I'm using.

The original embroidery can be found here: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/asia/s/silk_embroidery_panel_with_flo.aspx

my project, part 1

Ok, so I've been reconstructing a 10th century merchants dress found on the silk road. Here is part one (no embroidery on this part...embroidery pictures are coming next). The total outfit will include these pants, hose, garters, dress, coat, head coverings, and shoes. The dress, garters, head covering, and coat will all be embroidered. It turns out I didn'thave as much material as I thought, so I'm mordanting some linen right now to dye with sappan wood, which will hopefully work out as planned! this will give me a pumpkin orange raw silk (madder dyed) and red (hopefully) dress. Both dyes are appropriate to time and place. With the embroidery, I'm dyeing most of the thread myself, and all of it is hand dyed. I'm not worrying too much about matching all the dyes to the time period, though.


new progress :)

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...and some new progress concerning my first "Something to keep you warm" project - my 12th century dress with gathered body part - hopefully the embroidery will be finished soon :)


Officially done!

Well I've finished the second cloak, pictures of the two together to come later! I can't believe the feeling of relief of having them both completed. My resolution for the year was to not start any new projects until at least one in process item was done. So now I can start thinking about a second Keep you Warm II project and get it in the queue. I need to get through a few more queued items before I can start another project for this challenge, but I can at least consider inspirations!

I'm looking forward to seeing other completed challenge items!



One finished Cloak!

I'm so excited, I have one completely finished ID Cloak! I've got the other one completely appliqued and pinned. Tomorrow, I'll just zig zag the linen bottom edge. Then sew the lining to the wool finally hand finish the edges and voila I'm totally done!
I'll be presenting them to TE Clancy and Ursula this weekend at Viceroy Tourney. I'll do my best to get a picture of them both together. I'm really excited to be finally finished with both cloaks!



new progress :)

ok - 16 roundels - hopefully this are enough roundels for the Anya's Laurel Cloak :)


new progress :)

...yeah - I am ill and supposed to stay in bed and to keep myself warm (includes drinking a lot of tea and taking some medicine) - therefore I embroidered roundel 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 during the last days including today


new progress :)

...and some progress for Anya's Laurel Cloak :)
...btw. I got some pearls also from my good friend Meisterinne Stella for Anya's cloak :)


new progress :)

...some new progress :)


Forging right along!

I seem to have found some new steam on this project. I've been working on the ID Cloaks almost to the exclusion of everything else. I've actually got all the applique work done on one cloak. I still need to embroider the stem in on that one. I have the leaves pinned on the second cloak and hope to have the applique done on that tomorrow night. Then it's just a matter of the stems, lining and hemming! It feels nice to essential be down to just three more steps to go on one and four to go on the other!



Hello, I am Baroness Siubhan inghean Fhearghuis in the Shire of Flintheath in Insulae Draconis. I currently have a 3 month old daughter who takes much of my time so I won't be starting anything ambitious for this challenge. I will however, try to finish the project I was working on for the first challenge.
I have a long way to go on it, but I do hope I can finish it within the time frame of this challenge.

...new pearls ordered :)

...maybe some of you remember that I ran out of the 3,0 - 3,5 mm white pearls at the back of the neck embroidery - while working at the new embroidery I got more and more upset with the big and irregular pearls at the back - therefore I ordered some new pearls :)

...old pictures (june 2008):

I am very looking forward to replace them because I think, after all this time and work it took me to get such a nice looking embroidery (and to make this dress), the big and irregular pearls just don't look right... I am sure it's worth the effort :)

...and btw. there is some new progress:

The Thing I have in mind....

... looks like this:
this fellow has been liberated from the stone by Tilman Riemenschneider in early 15hundred. The sculpture seems to be in the possession of the Cleveland Museum of Art. here is a detail of the *hood* and sleeves.and another of the hem

I also found a similar design in a painting of the 15th century philosopher Nikolaus von Kues that is dated between 1463 and 1480


Silk thread source

Just wanted to let you all know, if you are interested in using naturally dyed silk thread for your project, this is the place to go:

I've been forcing people to get her threads for me at Pennsic for about 10 years now, and just found out that they deliver internationally! Everything I don't dye myself, I get from here. The shipping is very cheap...I paid $5 (about 3 euro) for 10 skeins, and it got here inside of a week, all the way from the States.


My projects

Yes I mean projects plural. I will be finishing my previous challenge item, the ID wool cloaks. I have also asked Lady Trinite to teach Flintheathshire to make gloves. I have long admired beautifully embroidered gloves.
As I have a Persian persona, I have seen many beautiful manuscripts that show noblewomen wearing extensively embroidered gloves. So I will be creating a second personal challenge to learn how to make gloves and embroider a pair for myself. While I finish my previous project I plan to design the second project.

The ID Cloaks are cut out and I have the applique ready. I was hoping to hand applique them, however the linen that I have will not stand up if I hand applique them, so I will have to do it by machine, which is very disappointing. I will however be creating kumihimo cord and hand stitching that on, probably using undersiechoucing, to apply that cord. I will be learning underside couching from Lady Trinite as well, so that will be my 25% new stitch. I have never attempted laurel wreaths either, so that will be the 25% of the design that is new to me.

I can't wait to start seeing all your wonderful projects!




I am the presumptious newbe joining the challenge. I am thinking of doing a coat/cloak. I have seen a certain model on a sculpture of Tilman Riemenschneider. I will rent the book (if the libarary has it available) and then post a picture. I am contemplating embroidering the inside of the hood. which is not really just a hood. It can be let down (indeed it will most like likely be down most of teh time) and then it covers the shoulders. my biggest Authenticicy (sp?) concern is, I saw these kinds of cloak so far only on male figurines, but I want to make it for me... O.o. Thank you for having me.


Hi all!

Hi all!
I'm definitely planning on taking part in this challenge! I decided to go to double wars this year, and will definitely need something warm :-) I plan on reconstructing a sheepskin-lined silk and linen coat found on the silk road near the black sea, dating from the 6th-9th century. I'll post pictures of the original sometime this week. I'm looking for a cheap source for sheepskins (preferably near or in Germany). Anyone know one?
Also, anyone doing silk embroidery...i found a hand cream used by silk industry workers that is supposed to keep the silk from catching on the rough parts of your hands. i've ordered some, and if it works, i'll let you all know :-)


Racaire's intro and projects :)

I am living in the shire Ad Flumen Caerulum - in Austria, Vienna - I think it's a beautiful town but the next shires are rather far away. I started with illumination and heavy fighting recently and I enjoy both very much. I am an embroidery geek and I am keen on researching embroidery techniques but my week point is the documentation besides the techniques - till now I did some research for Refilsaum and for Klosterstich - please feel free to download and use my handouts and to contact me if you have any questions.
...btw. I am also the guild head of the Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild :)

I start this challenge with following projects:
1) to finish the neck embroidery for my 12th century dress with the gathered body part asap

2) and to finish the Laurel cloak for my good friend Mistress Anya

...the progress till now: