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(April 16th, 2013 by Christine Bess ...)

On Monday the 15th of April at 6.30pm at the lake house arts studio, four lovely ladies met to pattern various period outfits. There was creativity, fun and we achieved patterns for our outfits...

This will be an ongoing project and if anyone wishes to join us please contact me from this website, Lady Christine Bess Duvaunt. 

Next week there will be a day change - Tue 23rd april at 6.30pm, and from then on every monday night starting on monday 29th April 6.30pm, we will be meeting to further work on, and then complete our projects before the Bloth.

Thank you

(October 25th, 2012 by Katherina Weyssin)

John Minsheu produced a Spanish-English dictionary in the late 16thC, revised and re-published in the early 17th. King's College, London has a searchable facsimile online as part of their Early Modern Spain site.

Since it's come up in conversation a few times recently, I thought I'd add it to the website.

(October 14th, 2012 by William de Wyke)

Christine brought wax and carving tools and people had a go carving waxes to be cast into rings later. Katherine Xavier visited from Cluain, bringing not only stones to mount in rings but many duck eggs for people.

There are pictures of the ring making in the gallery.

(September 16th, 2012 by Vettoria di Gio...)

Today we had Lady Ginevra Isabella da Serafino Visconti visiting from Southron Gaard. She is up visiting for just over a week, and came along to mingle with the fine company that regularly attend. Catalina took the time to show her how she works stem stitch, and they were able to chat about embroidery techniques for some time.

(September 2nd, 2012 by Vettoria di Gio...)

This afternoon's A&S happened at Birkdale Community House, which is also used regularly for dance practices. It was ungarbed, with a potluck dinner. Everyone enjoyed a pleasant afternoon, with a great variety of activities taking place.

(November 27th, 2011 by Vettoria di Gio...)

We wound up with eight people at William & Catalina's this afternoon, with a bustle of activity as what was originally "Sewing Sunday" becomes more and more a general group day.

A number of sewing projects were being worked on this afternoon: I put gathering threads in the neckline of a new chemise, while Anna tacked the lining of the skirt of a new dress in, then cut out some sleeves, and Katherina virtuously made some fingerloop braid cords to go on her new shirts.

(November 13th, 2011 by Vettoria di Gio...)

I was the only attendee doing any sewing today, as I worked my way down yet another row of eyelets for the new court dress that I'm making. It was boring and tedious, however, my eyelets are significantly better worked and faster to work than they used to be. I guess that's what happens when you make hundreds of them.

(October 26th, 2011 by Katherina Weyssin)

Several members of the group have bought silk thread from Fibreholics, a weaving supplier in Kaitaia. Each cone of thread is quite expensive ($35-$50), but as there's over a kilometre on a cone it's significantly cheaper by the metre than embroidery silks, or even crochet cotton.

Update: Many of these are now available in much smaller, cheaper rolls - $6-$12 for 10grams. That's still a lot more than in a skein of embroidery thread.

We tend to buy different colours, so we can swap. So far, we have:


(October 10th, 2011 by Vettoria di Gio...)

Yep, it was thrill-a-minute with Kotek deftly wielding a hammer and redoing the rivets on some armour he'd been sent. I would say excuse the pun, but what I really hope is that I have you all groaning in your seats as you read. I should have been a herald.

In addition to this worthy endeavour, he also showed off some German sleeves he has been working on - nice spiffy ones, all the better for fighting in.

(September 11th, 2011 by Vettoria di Gio...)

The stormy weather appeared to keep quite a few people away today. However, those of us that were there made the most of it by consuming the rest of the gateau that I made the other day.

Martuccio exercised all his patience to sew seams by hand for his new paned hose - black, of course. Meanwhile Christine was sewing down gold cord onto a lovely red velvet bodice guarded in deeper red velvet.

Karen's been busy making yet more tablet weaving cards, and she told me about some new looms that she's been working on - it all sounds very exciting.


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