The first of these projects was my planned winter project for this year, a hand woven, hand embroidered hooded cloak for the husbeast to wear at chilly events like 100 minutes. My plan was to make as exact of a reproduction as possible of this "spanish style" cloak in the Germanisches National Museum.
Because I started it later than I wanted to and only had 6 weeks to work on it before the competition, I finished this with scaled back embroideries for entry into Keepers of the Central Flame, an East Kingdom arts and sciences competition that was hosted by my home barony, concordia of the snows. For that I did a VERY comprehensive write up of my research and the process. So if you want to read a 20 page research paper about it, Here's a linky! I'm hoping to finish the embroideries and enter it in the display at pennsic this summer, so keep your eyes open for "finished" pictures of the husbeast modeling it! Here's a bunch of the process photos and pictures of my display for your enjoyment. this was a real stretch project and I learned a lot. I can't WAIT to take what I've learned and start something new!
|weaving in progress, you can see my measuring tool pinned to the left selvedge, just a strip of fabric a yard long that helps me keep track of larger projects.|
|Entire project may be hell, but that's a fine straight selvedge!|
|Cut from the loom, but not yet fulled.|
|Fulled down, I used an entire inch per foot of width in shrinkage and could've used more (or used more ends per inch in the sett to begin with.)|
|edge blanket stitched in weaving thread, and the 6 strand braid being applied|
|Starting the hood marking.|
|Rays all appliqued.|
|Hood totally marked and working on the couching.|
|Hood finished and lined with the bobbles mounted! Getting there!|
|The home stretch, marking the fronts: first with prick and pounce, then with thinned whit gouache.|
|On the stand at competition!|
|The finished hem. You can't see the stabelizing blanket stitch in the weaving thread under the crossed blanket.|
|Some of my display. The husbeast made me the wonderful wood display cards for my threads.|