piątek, 23 maja 2014

The Amber Tablecloth

Several years ago I got a beautiful gift: a little coffee table made especially for me from pine. I decided that as wonderful table deserves as charming tablecloth. So I started to create it.

I decided to use not white linen but ecru to harmonize with warm colour of the table. The design of embroidery was inspirited by some pattern from a magazine.
May I introduce one of my favourite tablecloth which I have made. Here there is The Amber Tablecloth. The name comes from real amber stones I used to make a lace around it.
The Amber Tablecloth
The middle of this work is some piece of embroidery: a sprig of wild roses with mayweed.
The central sprig
Around the sprig there are five posies of small roses. All embroidered with écru silk. And it was the easy part of may work. It takes may be two or three hours. Then I started tatting…
One of posies
The trim is a tatting lace made of ecru cotton and sixty little amber stones. It took me so much time to finish it that I can hardly say how much. 
The lace with amber
Many times I was close to give up. I was tired, bored and full of doubts. But fortunately I made it and saying immodestly: I am very proud of myself.

czwartek, 15 maja 2014

The Medieval Merchants

So, the new season is opened! The long May weekend we spent with our friends in an educational farm in Osice near Pruszcz Gdański. Nights were cold but fortunately we had enough wool blankets to be warm. There were quite many guests visiting the farm and press, TV, radio...
Our stall (photo made by Klaryssa)
 Of course we took all our stuff to show. My laces, yarns and naalbinding goods, Klaryssa's beautiful pincushions, weaved textiles by Rosamar...
 On Saturday Rosamar presented old techniques of spinning and weaving with short introduction about historical sheep, wool and preparing fleece.
The presentation of wool and spinning (photo made by Klaryssa)
Weaving (photo made by Klaryssa)
 We also showed our medieval clothes from the end of 14 and the beginning of 15 century. I could appear myself in my new apron.
 In the evening we treated our guests to some medieval dishes.
Medieval dishes (photo made by Klaryssa)

The most funny incident were when some lady was absolutely surprised that we are educated. She expected simply peasants taken off from a plough. 

The beginning of the tournament (photo made by Klaryssa)
 Next weekend we went to the court of Konrad Mazowiecki where a tournament were given in the castle of Czersk near Warsaw. This time we were members of some nomadic tribe called Kipchak, Kuman or Połowcy. 

Our castle stall (photo made by Rosamar)

Klaryssa could wear her beautiful caftan first time. We had also our stall with woolen stuff.
Wool, wool and once again wool (photo made by Klaryssa)
 And I were asked to give a short interview for television aobut our reenactment.
Me and TV camera (photo made by Klaryssa)
 All in all the event were very nice although there could be more customers in our stall.