Sewing this afternoon was fairly quiet, with only myself attending. Having spent a half hour longer than anticipated in the queue at Spotlight, I was somewhat late. As this is a regular occurence for most people, it seems likely that the start time for sewing will shift from 1pm to 2pm, to enable William & Catalina to have a bit more time on Sunday mornings.
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These are the contact details for the fabric shop in Otahuhu that has lots of cheap linen ($3-6 a metre) as well as cottons and other random stuff. It pays to phone first and check if he's open, as he's been pretty sporadic this year.
I have no idea what everyone else achieved at sewing Sunday, though all seemed very industrious. I, however, set my new ruff! That is, I spent several hours with hair curlers, setting my upside-down ruff into even figure-eights. It's now wearable again, though it will look better once I've flipped it, and spent an hour or so touching up the top, and making sure the pleats are as even as possible, and nicely shaped. (For those who have not seen it, this ruff is somewhat wider than my shoulders, and made of a strip of linen about seven metres long).
Sewing was quiet this week - just William, Catalina, Caterine, Katherina, and William.
(Yep, that's five people and two names, not counting regional variations. Terribly medieval.)
Katherina's discovery for the day was that, while bobbin-lace is much easier with proper tools - carved bobbins, a lace-pillow, etc - it can be done without them. A tailor's ham wrapped in a bit of shiny fake satin worked well enough as a pillow; and paddle-pop sticks make imperfect-but-useable bobbins.
A very busy and well attended day yesterday at Sewing!
Both Catalina and Eleanor were working on their corsets, with the former finishing hers and the latter coming very close - next it'll be on to dress fittings for them both! Eleanor also showed us all the girdle that she's been working on.
It might seem an unusual activity for a sewing day, but today in fact cars were mended. William de Wyck (with assistance from Maximilian of Southron Gaard) spent several hours removing panels from Katherina and Ludwig's car, in order to beat them back into shape so that it might pass its warrant. William (not a trained mechanic) just happened to have a few panel beating tools lying around in his garage.
This week at sewing something new and profound occurred: Katherina brought mending and then sat and did it. Most of the group had heard of the concept of mending, but had never witnessed or experienced it. Katherina managed to cross 11 items off what is understood to be quite an extensive list. Caterine thought that mending seemed like an awfully good idea and avowed to achieve some herself over the next week.
Caterine worked on flatfelling the seams of a shirt made in the style of the St Louis shirt.
Sewing has now shifted to William and Catalina's house on the North Shore, with the first one being held last Sunday. The Ildhafn library has likewise moved to here as it is most often used at sewing.
William tinkered on one of the sewing machines he is repairing, and also discussed 15th century men's shirts, doublets and hose with Katherina and Myne. They also discussed the most efficient ways of cutting circular cloaks, and looked at Alcega for this.
Anna was working on repairing her new 16th century French gown, and making coifs and a veil to complete her ensemble.