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Photo courtesy of Terrill Johnson

Photo courtesy of Terrill Johnson

A week ago at Menhir, I had the pleasure of announcing the impending elevation of my good friend and foster apprentice Ginevra Brembati. I can take no credit for her many talents, only for encouraging her to put them on wider display.

Mirrored from Lorenzo's Workshop.

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This weekend was the first chance I was able to get together with both my new student Philippa and my apprentice Serafina. We met up at Philippa’s house to work on various projects.


A couple weeks ago I helped Philippa drape a body block for herself. We used that to work out patterns for a kirtle and loose gown modeled after a portrait of Eleanora de Toledo. After a few iterations of drafting and test fitting, we arrived at a pretty good shape.



Serafina brought along a new pouch that she’s been working on, and made good progress on it. It’s shaping up to be very close to the period examples she’s working from.



After we finished sewing for the day, we went over a few dances that Philippa wanted to teach her students later this week. Despite having to imagine most of the other dancers in our sets, I think it went pretty well.




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This weekend was the first chance I was able to get together with both my new student Philippa and my apprentice Serafina. We met up at Philippa’s house to work on various projects.

A couple weeks ago I helped Philippa drape a body block for herself. We used that to work out patterns for a kirtle and loose gown modeled after a portrait of Eleanora de Toledo. After a few iterations of drafting and test fitting, we arrived at a pretty good shape.

Serafina brought along a new pouch that she’s been working on, and made good progress on it. It’s shaping up to be very close to the period examples she’s working from.

After we finished sewing for the day, we went over a few dances that Philippa wanted to teach her students later this week. Despite having to imagine most of the other dancers in our sets, I think it went pretty well.

Mirrored from Lorenzo's Workshop.

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I had a very good weekend. Midwinter A&S went well as far as I know; I had a great time, but I'm easy to please. There were a lot of good and inspiring entries. I had a bit of a personal challenge trying to judge an 11th century Angle-Saxon tunic that I knew next to nothing about, but between my fellow judges and the documentation I hope I managed to put together some useful feedback.[livejournal.com profile] adelavanbrugge scored well with both of her C&I entries, and got some good comments. She's already plotting her next project, which should surprise no one.

This was also the field test of the Bronzino suit, which performed reasonably well. I cobbled together a pair of sewn-in netherstockings from an old pair of 15c linen hose. They worked fine standing up, but when I tried to sit down (a precarious adventure at the best of times in this kind of suit) half the stitches blew out on one side, as you can see here. I think that a new or refurbished pair of stockings will make this a good suit for being flashy in, but the old grey linen suit (which I switched into in the afternoon) is still my most comfortable.

Royal court was brief but filled with good things, not the least of which was Mistress Temair's well-deserved elevation to the Laurel. Baronial court was in the afternoon and was quite entertaining. I got to do several scrolls for this court, including the A&S tourney champion scroll, a pair of matching baronial Tower awards for Arnora and Cynwrig, and Cynwrig's Baronial Jeweler scroll. One piece of court business that I did not have prior knowledge of was [livejournal.com profile] serafinalamanni 's selection as baronial A&S champion, which was a happy surprise for all. Court was followed by an amazing feast cooked by our own George Ploppy, and a bit of dancing before people started packing up.

On Sunday I dusted off my armor and went to the amazingly well-attended baronial fighter practice. I think I managed not to embarrass myself too badly. I didn't sustain any serious injuries, but my entire body is stiff and sore today; my hands are so stiff it's difficult to type. It was a good time, though, and I wish there were a fighter practice that was within a reasonable distance from home. I may have to make some more inquiries in that direction...
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After a minor amount of prodding, my trusty apprentice [livejournal.com profile] serafinalamanni has posted about her recent experiments in the world of belt pouches.
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With the help of my able apprentice I got the patterning for my trunk hose worked out this afternoon. I'm going to get one side done and work out the process before I start on the other side. So far I have the foundation put together, the lining installed, and the taffeta attached at the leg and waist bands. Still to go are the panes (including more trapunto), bindings, and eyelets, though the last two will probably happen after the other side has caught up to the first.
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So Red Tower was a very busy event for me. I assisted [livejournal.com profile] vox8 with the feast, which meant I was in the kitchen pretty much all day until the revel. It was an enlightening experience, both at the event and in the months leading up to it when we were planning, redacting, and testing. In the end, I don't think I would ever really want to run a feast myself, but I might be willing to help out at another feast in the future.



After feast was over, I ran off to shower and change into fancy clothes for the revel. I led the first set of dancing, then had [livejournal.com profile] adelavanbrugge and [livejournal.com profile] serafinalamanni join me for Serafina's long-awaited apprentice ceremony. Aside from not having a functional pen to do the actual signing with, things went pretty much as planned. The full album of pictures of the belt and indenture is here. Hopefully someone got pictures of the ceremony as well. Serafina has become one of my closest friends over the last year, and I couldn't be more pleased to have her as my associate.

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