Dressing up for the 17th century, 1600-luvun vaatteissa.

Here's my son and his girlfriend posing in their 17th century re-enactment gear 🙂 Both have hand sewn their outfits themselves, out of wool and linen cloth with unbleached linen thread and using the patterns and methods of that era. The coif or cap and my son's cuffs and collar are my contribution. (See reference… Continue reading Dressing up for the 17th century, 1600-luvun vaatteissa.

Comfort shawl, lohtuhuivi

I have kept busy although you might not think so considering the frequency of my posts! I have finally started knitting the historic silk stocking I mentioned in a previous post and will be telling you how that's going shortly. There are many more projects I want to share so I'll just have to find… Continue reading Comfort shawl, lohtuhuivi

Lace making course, nypläyskurssilla

Warning: this is a long post on my wonderful trip to Scotland! In the picture above the samples I made during my lace making course. We were very lucky to have a fantastic teacher in the very talented lacemaker Jean Leader! * Ensiksi varoitus: tämä on pitkä postaus ihanasta matkasta Skotlantiin! Yllä nypläyskurssilla tekemäni mallikappaleet. Opettajamme… Continue reading Lace making course, nypläyskurssilla

Bobbin lace practice, nypläysharjoituksia

I've made lace in many different ways but this past summer I've been learning something that I thought I'd never even try - making bobbin lace. By chance I stumbled on a lace making course in Scotland which just sounded too wonderful to miss! (Thanks Susie!) So now I'm neck deep in yet another engulfing hobby...… Continue reading Bobbin lace practice, nypläysharjoituksia

Dyeing underwear, alusasujen värjäämistä

I've been continuing my bra making experiments and have perfected my pattern based on the Harriet bra of Cloth Habit. Amy of Cloth Habit has also experimented with dyes for her underwear. Inspired by her I did some research and found a dye - iDye Poly - that can be used for the synthetic fabrics… Continue reading Dyeing underwear, alusasujen värjäämistä

Silk beauties, silkki-ihanuuksia

One of my biggest treasures is a lace petticoat of my grandmother's. It has sumptuous Chantilly lace inserts, an embroidered monogram with her initials and is absolutely beautifully hand sewn. I renewed my old silk nightgown (which somehow had shrunk in the cupboard) by adding a tatted lace edging to the neckline and copying the… Continue reading Silk beauties, silkki-ihanuuksia

Lace shawls, pitsihuiveja

It took me just over a year to knit this woollen lace shawl, on the left. The one with the bigger circles is an older version knitted with linen thread. I love the delicate look of them both. * Vuoden uurastuksen jälkeen sain vihdoin villaisen vasemman puolisen huivin valmiiksi. Toinen isompikuvioinen on parin vuoden takaa… Continue reading Lace shawls, pitsihuiveja

The many details of a wedding dress, hääpuvun monet koukerot

We had a lovely wedding in the family last weekend and I had the honour of making the wedding dress for my daughter-in-law 😀 We started planning it in march and went shopping for materials. The lace is a cotton guipure and the top layer of the hem a silk chiffon. V-neck at the back… Continue reading The many details of a wedding dress, hääpuvun monet koukerot

Crocheted squares, virkattuja neliöitä

This is an absolutely charming book! It features some jems of the antique lace collection of Japanese lace enthusiast Mitsuko Fukuoka. She accumulated her lace collection during the many years she lived in France, and the patterns have been beautifully adapted into charming purses and shawls etc. * Tämä on aivan hurmaava kirja - nimensä… Continue reading Crocheted squares, virkattuja neliöitä

Crocheted purses, virkattuja pikkulaukkuja

Just finished this pretty little handbag to go with my turquoise gear. It was the first time I fixed a metal frame to a bag.  This crocheted pouch cover has been waiting a long time to be framed, so one less UFO (UnFinishedObject) in my stash! * Ensimmäistä kertaa kokeilin metallikehyksen kiinnittämistä laukun reunaan. Sopivilla… Continue reading Crocheted purses, virkattuja pikkulaukkuja