Silk Stocking project – getting started, Silkkisukkaprojektin aloitus

I finally got to knitting the actual silk stocking for the citizen science project I'm taking part in. Our aim is to replicate stockings from 1650 found in a tomb in the Turku Cathedral. The original pair of stockings is currently on show at the Turku Castle in an exhibition called A Few Words about… Continue reading Silk Stocking project – getting started, Silkkisukkaprojektin aloitus

Gingerbread toy shop, Piparkakkulelukauppa

This year's gingerbread house is a toy shop, dedicated of course to my two month old granddaughter 😍 Toys in the window display and some bigger items on the shelf behind the counter. Above the shop is the living room, ready for the Christmas feast. * Tänä jouluna tein piparkakkutalosta lelukaupan kaksi kuukautta vanhan pojantyttäreni… Continue reading Gingerbread toy shop, Piparkakkulelukauppa

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

Valeampiaispesä, fake wasps nest

Virkattu ampiaispesä -postaus on ehdottomasti suosituin kaikista blogissani julkaistuista jutuista. Nyt kolme kevättä myöhemmin voin jo jakaa käyttökokemuksia ja todeta että temppuhan toimii! Alun perin suhtauduin ajatukseen aika skeptisesti mutta sen jälkeen kun ripustin näitä villaisia pesiä strategisiin paikkoihin ei oikeita pesiä ole näkynyt, ampiaiset ovat hakeneet pesäpaikan muualta kuin keittiön oven yläpuolelta, terassin katon… Continue reading Valeampiaispesä, fake wasps nest

Teeny-tiny knitting, Pikkuruisia neuleita

I'm taking part in a citizen science project trying to reconstruct a silk stocking from the 17th century. It's part of a larger project called Refashioning the Renaissance, studying clothing of that period in Western and Northern Europe. Our knitting team started practicing and making swatches with wool and 0,7mm needles. This is what I… Continue reading Teeny-tiny knitting, Pikkuruisia neuleita

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