I am now making veil and dress pins in glass and semi-precious beads. They are 1 3/4″ long and generally come in sets of 3 or 6 pins. Some of the materials are freshwater pearls, garnets, adventurine, amethyst, jade, Czech glass and more. More are being added all the time.
One of the items I make with some regularity are garters for the medieval reenactment crowd. Garters are lengths of woven ribbon or braid used to support non-stretch stockings, socks, and hosen. Early in fashion history stockings were made out of woven material that was cut on the bias to give some stretch but they were still baggy and did not stay up around the knee where they were supposed to. In comes the garter. You put the stocking on, tie the garter over the stocking to your leg, and voila! Your leg covering stays put. Generally below the knee pre-1600 or above the knee post-1600.
Garters came in many materials, woven wool, silk or linen. They were also leather with buckles, woven bands with buckles, or just tied around the leg. Some were very plain but if you had the money or the station they could be embroidered, pearled, or just fancy woven designs. All in all a useful fashion accessory that had a lot of potential for personalization.
If you are interested in a custom set of garters contact me for more information. I can weave or embroider your design. At this time I am not able to weave letters/phrases but I can embroider them. Depending on the complexity of design and the materials used, prices start at $25.00 per 31″ long pair.
The move to our new home is now complete. My studio is up and running again and I love the natural light and space! Illuminations and weaving are being accomplished. The website and Etsy shop are fresh and updated. How I ever got anything done working full time for someone else I will never know!
Pure Beeswax Votive Candles
I’ve already completed one custom order of 48 beeswax votive candles that are the cutest things ever! They will be a new item added to the shop soon. I also completed a painting commission , tablet woven trim, sewing 50 belt favors, and now wool garters for a poetry competition. No rest for the wicked!
Spring is in the air and my color needs are brightening up. So I dug through the stash and found these great colors in 100% cotton. I haven’t decided what I will make out of this band. Maybe garters, maybe a purse strap, or maybe even a dog lead. In any event it will be in my Etsy shop for you soon. If you like this and would like it before I make it into something drop me a line. firstname.lastname@example.org. The raw length is aprox. 2.5yds and will be listed for $20.00.
This time of year many of us are inspired to give hand made gifts. Be they food, or accessories, or ornaments, maybe games or toys. If you want to give something different but is fun, try researching games from periods in history! A great game that is easy to make with items found at the craft store is Gluckhaus. It’s a 16th Century German dice game played with a board, tokens, and a pair of dice. The tokens can be anything to mark the play, buttons, mini marshmallows etc. I made this board and it’s painted on a pre-cut wooden plaque and small wooden discs using acrylic paint.
I can custom make a set for you with your design ideas. A set similar in size to the one shown would be $35.00 with a fabric bag (or $40.00 – with a leather purse) and would also come with 25 tokens. Contact me for more information.
Get your Christmas lists together! I’m offering a coupon for Small Business Saturday (er Weekend). From Sat, 11/29 through Cyber Monday, 12/1, the deal is 15% off on everything in the shop if you use Coupon Code “SBS2014”.
This holiday season I will have my hand dipped candles and ornaments at THE BOG TINKERS at 8086 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD. The shop opens this Saturday, November 22 and will run through January 15th, 2015. You can preview most of the items I will have at The BOG Tinkers in my Etsy shop: