During the last days I found again some spare time to work at the lovely golden keyhole neckline of my dark blue 12th century wedding dress.
And I am very glad to say that I made some good progress. But there is still a lot to do before the hand-sewing part of the keyhole neckline is finished.
New inspiration for our hobby can be quite difficult to find but some books really make a difference. Like the one in which I found the inspiration for my husbands new 13th century under tunic.
Since I started with this hobby, which was more then 10 years ago, I have been searching for interesting and inspiring books. But well, with every new book purchase for my book collection I always take a chance.
I know, as nice as my 12th century wedding dress project might be, if you are reading my blog there is a good chance that we share the love for “early” medieval embroidery like Klosterstich, Bayeux Stitch,… Therefore I decided to “pick up the thread” of the Klosterstich tutorial again which I recently started and to make up or the recent lack of postings about medieval and medieval inspired embroidery.
Some of you might remember my posting “Klosterstich hands on tutorial – part 1 – how to start your Klosterstich embroidery“. Since I posted the first part I of this tutorial, I spent so much time thinking about the second part that I actually thought I already posted it. But when I went through my postings, I discovered that the second part of my Klosterstich tutorial was still due. Fortunately this is a mistake which can be easily corrected. *lol*
During the last days my body demanded some rest and pain killers but somehow I still managed to make a nice progress concerning the keyhole neckline of my 12th century dress.
Fortunately the change of seasons doesn’t really affect me unless it is a major weather change. I only have to endure some food allergies, occasionally head aches/migraines and the monthly female burden so many of us have to deal with. And though the pain killers manage to calm down most of my pain and get me through the day, they make me unable to think and focus properly on more then just very basic tasks and projects.
During the last days I experienced a beautiful outlook on springtime in Kentucky, which keeps me longing for more. Some great warm days filled with lovely sunshine made me nearly forget the great amount of snow that just melted away.
Though the temperatures dropped again and the forecast for the next days shows a lot of rain moving towards us, I feel somehow released that the winter is finally over and the spring has already begun.
My sweetheart and I used the last days for some garden work – pruned the lilac (German: Flieder) and a tree in the backyard, put up a small bird feeder and started our vegetable and herb garden inside with the help of three small greenhouses. I really can’t wait to get the two small berry bushes into the ground we bought last week but we haven’t decided about their final destination yet.
And even more progress concerning my 12th century dress today! I think I can say that I am a rather busy hand sewing “bee” at the moment.
After I finished my 14th century inspired Klosterstich rose embroidery two days ago, I already started working at my 12th century dress again. And during the last two days I was able to make some great progress which I can show you now.
As you know from my latest posting about my 12th century dress project, I finished the main hand sewing of my dress last week. And yesterday I was able to start adding the first embellishment to my dress.
And finally I found the time to finish the 14th century inspired Klosterstich rose embroidery which I started last year.
Yes, I admit it, I neglected this small project a little and worked on several other more urgent projects in the meantime. But after my husbands heart attack last week, I really needed a nice embroidery project to ease my mind.
I think everyone of us has something special that can provide a certain peace of mind. In some cases it is chocolate, some prefer to snack on nuts or have a nice glass of beer or wine, others start cleaning their home,… and well, I prefer to work at my embroidery projects. Well, not that I would reject chocolate or a good glass of wine or beer, but embroidery is definitely my pacifier.
As we all know, life is not really predictable and can change completely due to what happens in just a short moment. And well, my husbands massive heart attack last week was such a moment.
I can’t express how glad I am that my sweetheart survived his massive heart attack with nearly no damage but I think it will take some time until I processed what happened completely.
However, this moment has several impacts on our immediate as well as our our future plans. For his health and safety we decided to call off our Gulf Wars plans and especially the planned 12th century wedding. Though we both greatly regret that we aren’t able to attend this years Gulf Wars and see our friends and family, we haven’t given up on the 12th century wedding yet. It will just not happen at this Gulf Wars.