Here on the OBX it’s dreary and rainy today. It’s a good studio day to weave. The softly falling rain is a nice background sound for concentration. The air smells clean too.
I’m working on two weaving projects today. On the left is the band for 2 casual d-ring ladies belts and on the right is a commission for wool medieval garters for a friend who gives them for poetry competition prizes. I am happy to accept weaving commissions. On average, 2.5 yds of inkle band is about $25-$30 depending on the cost of the yarn. I can also weave up to 9 yard lengths. Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with length, width, colors and material. I accept PayPal.
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.
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.