14th century French Pouch .1 – finished! :D

2015-05 - Racaire - 14th century French pouch - hand embroidery - medieval embroideryAnd finally, after all the progress pictures of my 14th century French pouch project, I can present the finished pouch to you today! :D

Yes, it took a while but as a German saying says, all good things in life take time. And well, medieval hand embroidery is really not a fast craft. *giggle*

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14th century French Pouch .1 – sneak peek progress .24 – sewing the pouch together .2 :)

Racaire - medieval embroidery - projects 2014 - hand embroideryIn my last posting “14th century French Pouch .1 – sneak peek progress .23 – sewing the pouch together .1” you could see a good part of the progress pictures concerning the last finishing steps for my 14th century French pouch project.

And as I promised in my last posting, I am going to show you even more pictures today – the very last progress pictures I took of the finishing process.

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14th century French Pouch .1 – sneak peek progress .23 – sewing the pouch together .1 :)

Racaire - medieval embroidery - projects 2014 - hand embroideryMaybe some of you remember my 14th century French pouch commission. And I have great news concerning this project – I managed to finish the pouch and it was delivered in time to surprise a beautiful lady on Valentines day.

And during the recent down time of my blog I found some time to sit down and go through the pictures on my tablet…

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FAQ – books on medieval embroidery .1

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From time to time friends ask me which books on medieval embroidery I recommend. And normally my reaction is an immediate question in return: “What are you looking for in particular…?” *lol*

Extant medieval embroidery pieces provide us with a great variety of medieval embroidery techniques. And though there are not as many books on medieval embroidery available as I would like, there are still enough different books available. Therefore it’s sometimes rather difficult and time consuming to find the right book if you are looking for something in particular.

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12th century dress for the “12th century wedding clothing project” – sneak peek .5 – working at the keyhole neckline

2015-03-12 - Racaire - 12th century dress - keyhole neckline - 12th century wedding clothing project - keyhole necklineDuring 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.

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My husbands 13th century under tunic – about my medieval inspiration

2015 - Racaire - my husbands 13th century tunic - 13th century under tunic - 12th century wedding clothingNew 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.

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Klosterstich hands on tutorial – part 2 – how I do my Klosterstich embroidery :)

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. :D

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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*

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12th century dress for the “12th century wedding clothing project” – sneak peek .4 – working at the keyhole neckline

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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.

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