środa, 30 kwietnia 2014

The smocked apron for a medieval innkeeper

I wanted to begin new medieval season by a quiet and nice picnic. May be two days picnic. So I persuaded my friend Klaryssa to call our friendly farm if it was possible to pick up our tents there. The landlady was so excited that instead of calm picnic it will be a real fest with invited very important persons, press and gods know who else. I want to serve some medieval dishes and that means spending some time in the kitchen. As an innkeeper I need some apron.
Watching The Luttrell Psalter (an English illuminated psalter written and illustrated c. 1320–1340 by anonymous scribes and artists) I found several smocked aprons I liked.

A poor woman cultivating her field

Some peasant working with sheeps

A woman feeding chickens

A spinner

Harvesting women

I used white linen to create my apron. Firstly I drew lines for chosen pattern, then I made so called honey comb.
The begining of a honey comb

When the honey comb was ready I hemmed it by pale pink Egyptian cotton.
The honey comb is ready
The second line of my pattern it is made of trellis stitch which let me achieve half diamond shape.
A half of diamond shape under the honey comb
Under this part I made a chain using the same pink cotton.

In the end of the pattern I made a honey comb once again.
The whole pattern
Then I added a belt, hemmed the whole apron and there it is, my apron for medieval innkeeper.
My apron in its magnificence
The aprons in The Lutterell Psalter are more decorative. It was black thread used to make the patterns. But I think that one apron it is not enough for me, so next time I will create a black ornament.In the pictures you can also see a wonderful pincushion gifted me by Klaryssa who made it by herself using the pattern of a cushion from XIV century (Victoria & Albert Museum).

piątek, 4 kwietnia 2014

Easter is coming - time for eggs!

Easter is coming... (How dificult it is to free from this quoting) It is an old Polish tradition to paint and decorate eggs for this joyfull festival. Sometimes eggs become a real work of art. But after eating all these delicate and beautiful decorates vanishes. My recipe is... a lace ornament! Ornaments made of threads.

The Easter impression

I have made a lot of different patterns, but it is immpossible to show them all. Tere are some of the most beautiful (in my absolutely not objective opinion).

The Rapsody in Blue


The Snowdrop

The Pink Clover


The Spring Meadow

 And the best thing is you have to cut one thread to take the egg out of lace and eat. But lace can be retained for next year.