Wednesday, March 28, 2007

My first creature :-)

This is a "sketch" for the linen tablecloth. It's a fairy tale creature embroidered in linen and outlined in silk. The linen embroidery is done in "versetzter Gobelinstich" and the silk is a runing stitch. It's 14 x 10 cm, and I think that is more or less the size of the figures in the original tablecloth. This sketch is done in unbleached linen DMC floss and unbleached linen fabric, but I ordered off white linen for the final project, because I think that is more suitable. I posted some technical details here. I'm glad that this project finally seems to be going somewhere :-)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Deventer Burgerscap

As you may have noticed, in the frame on the right hand side on this page, there is a new link to the blogspot of my living history group Deventer Burgerscap:

It is a blog authored by all members of Deventer Burgerscap where we will write about our projects and research, events, ... We will mainly write in Dutch, but some posts will also be in English.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Where do all the high quality embroidery shops go?

Maybe this is a bit off-topic, but I have to tell it anyway.

I just found out that one of my favourite embroidery/knitting etc shops in the Netherlands is closing! This means I can no longer buy my silk and linen in De Vlijt in Utrecht anymore... And my favourite (and as far as I know, the only one) Dutch quality embroidery webshop is also closing. What is wrong with Dutch people? Why does it seem that the Dutch don't want to work with quality yarns?? Do I really have to buy my embroidery floss from webshops in Canada, the US, UK or Germany? That's ridiculous!

Anyway, if anyone knows some high quality embroidery shops in the Netherlands, please tell me!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Work in progress

Data gathering is almost finished now: I need two more weeks to administer some tests and then the most stressful part of my research will be over :-)

This is some of the embroidery I've been working on lately. I was so inspired by Racaire's and Laren's klosterstitch projects that I finally found the courage to start a large scale project myself: a late 14th century leinenstickerei/whitework tablecloth that I've been thinking about for ages. This is my first "sketch" to see how the stitches work and to find out whether I like it. Which, of course, I do, so when I have finished these two creatures, I'll start the design for the final project:

These are, for now, the last two purses I'm working on:

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Dorsten 14th century meeting

In the weekend of the 17th and 18th of February, 'die drei Holländer' (Bertus, Laurens and me) went to a 14th century reenactors meeting in Dorsten (Germany). More photo's of the weekend can be seen here.
It was a lovely weekend, we met a lot of new people, the food was deliscious, the atmosphere was great.

I have been very busy with my studies recently, so I didn't have time before to write a short piece on this. I'm in the middle of working at an excavation in Antwerp, and am writing several papers for university (on late medieval pottery) and some articles on medieval headwear.

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