Welcome to my world of houppelandes! I love Houps! I could sped my entire SCA career just focused on outwear of the 15th century. In fact, I do!!! Please join me in a study of the origin, construction, and research I embarked on two and half years ago (it feels like six months – Yay, COVID!!!) in creating my 12th night mi-parti fleur de lis Houppelande
My focus is a project to create a series of Shakespeare character costumes. My focus last year was the Cleopatra design. This year I am presenting the Calpurnia design.
As a beekeeper, I have been thinking about making a period bee suit for quite a while. This page describes the start of this journey, beginning with (and inspired by) a surprisingly atypical illustration of beekeepers, and how I began looking into the details of that image, through the current point of creating two appropriate undergarments – a (man’s) camicia and a (woman’s) pair of calzoni femminili.
Explores the functionality of clothing and proportional measuring systems in the context of a Mongolian clothing project.
This year has been a whirlwind, and I have progress to show off in multiple areas – Culinary, Scribal, Millinery, Costuming, etc. My exhibit is an overview of the different projects I’ve been working on in these areas this year.
This is a collection of projects that I have been working on recently. I made a Scythian hat for a friend and have been playing with some basic metal working which is all very fun and very new to me.
Image overview of Pre-Mongol Arched Plate Ochelye (Headbands) of the Kievan Rus’ and Artist’s interpretations.
I fell in love with 16th century Venetian women’s clothing. Committed beyond reason, I gathered up my pile of paintings, my needle and caffeine, and fell into the canals of Venice.
I didn’t make any medieval clothing for most of 2020 since there were no in-person events to wear it to. But that all changed in February 2021, when I spotted an orange silk taffeta with gold brocade stripes in one of my favourite online fabric stores. Herein I tell the tale of the mantle and bliaut that I made from some very colorful silk taffeta.
This project is dolls, specifically “rag” dolls throughout the medieval ages. I was motivated to do this project because I often see children at events playing with modern toys, so I wanted to research the use of toys for medieval children. In this research I recreate a roman rag doll and dress them according to later period portraits.
Join me on my journey as I learn to create the garb of the women in and among the courts of Mughal India. I am a beginner sewer and creator and invite you to see what I have learned.
I am setting myself the task of designing and creating 12 Shakespearean characters + Shakespeare himself in the styles they would likely have been first presented wearing between 1595-1607
A doublet and two scrolls.
Like most of us in the Hobby of a Thousand Hobbies, I have more irons in the fire than I had time to explain.
These projects have a broad range of historical accuracy but always with the intent to become more knowledgeable and move towards creating items that could have been found in our past.
A selection of 12th century women’s garments including bliauts, a chemise, and other styles of dresses.
A small selection of work I have done in various types, because I’m a squirrel and it’s too fun to stick to one hobby!
My 2020 Scythian clothing project.
I am fascinated by the history of fabrics and the stories we tell with clothing. My goal was to research and make two sets of garb that reflect the story of our SCA personas– an Italian merchant widow remarried to a Frenchman from a minor noble family.