Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Well I had a great morning on Saturday shopping for fabric and stuffs to get all our gear ready for coronation and I think that I have pretty much everything that I need apart from an as yet unknown length of white velvet ribbon for my french gown.

I had a 20% discount voucher at Fabric Vision so there I got all the lining material for the french gown and for the forepart / sleeves combo, plus enough black italian wool twill for Sigurd's new pants and about 15 metres of cord to trim the slashes on the sleeves.

From there I crossed over to the Bernina shop where Emma sold me embroidery thread to make cord for my blue silk corset and for binding the slashes on the sleeves.

Finally I went to Kutwell where I got 6m of a gorgeous red boiled wool coating weight for our new cloaks. I think that I got over half the roll which hadn't been cut into yet and they gave me a 20% discount too (which is fairly normal for them I think).

I proceeded to spend the rest of the weekend knee deep in the silk brocade shown at right and have finished the forepart. There was quite a bit left of both the brocade and the white silk satin - enough for another corset or something like that.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Hat pictures

Here's a hat that I finished a few weeks ago - more piccys on Flickr

Plus one I got for Christmas - from Dragon Jewels


Easter was nice but the weather was mixed which at least has meant that Nick has been getting some workshop work done. The picture at right was taken a few weeks ago.

Highlights for me were finishing my blue silk corset, finally, which has taken me probably six+ months as its entirely hand-sewn (yes all the boning channels too) and also finishing my black/metal silk partlet which looks very cool (although I still have the matching wrist bands to make. I'll post pictures some time. I still have to make some lacing cord for the corset but as Ballantynes no longer stock embroidery supplies and Fabric Vision have moved to behind the South City mall I no longer have a lunch-time walking-distance source of cotton. Highly irritating but I'll stop at Fabric Vision after work tomorrow and buy some stuff there, as I also need lining taffeta for my new sleeves and forepart AND cloth for new garb for Sigurd AND I have a 20% discount that runs out on Sunday.

Had a really nice lunch with Dad, Pamela, Kate, Abs, Jemima and Grant on the Sunday and on Monday Nick and I went to West Melton and planted a few more trees. What we're doing now is planting a few trees each weekend, replacing those that have died and filling in some gaps. We've planted some of Joan Isaac's lancewoods that she brought down from Wellington for us and some pittosporums and more kanuka and wattle and gums for firewood.

We were supposed to get the next and hopefully final set of plans this week and the last quote for the barn from our builder but I'm not holding my breath.