A touch here, a touch there

So, I have been able to lighten up on the full speed ahead garb projects, focusing on things small.  In my TV catch-up time, I added the black and gold trim to The Intended’s doublet and the pearls to my gown.  The non-period crocheted socks that I started forever ago are almost done.  They are not pretty, but they match in color at least.  I picked up a pair of knitting needles, since that will add a period style to my garb–hopefully.  However, I have yet to start learning how to knit.  I have also been experimenting with faire favors: I realized that I have more beads than I will ever use in a lifetime, so I started with bead/wire/ribbon monstrosities.  I have a lot to learn about wire working, but it has been a positive learning experience.  Now, I just have to make some faire friends to whom I can distribute the favors.  Remaining on the faire related end of the sewing table is a pair of pirate-inspired pants (low rise Venetian breeches), sleeves for The Intended’s doublet, and a tall hat (that looks like a tall hat this time).  I had planned to make a high necked smock for general use, but there is only one month left to faire, and there are not enough hours in the day.  Since Halloween is approaching, a couple’s costume is on the priority bulletin board.  It should not be as labor intensive as last year, and I plan to have a version of my costume that will be work-friendly.  That way, I will have one costume rather than two or three this year.  I just have to pick up the components and make some adjustments.  I have also decided that a musical talent will help me to develop a faire persona, so I have started researching the recorder and the lute.  Oh, and somewhere amidst my crafty impulses, we are planning a wedding.  What I would not give for a vacation.

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Swashbuckler weekend at PARF

Today tested my new lower class bodice and the intended’s new shirt, which held up very well.  We got a chance to see the chess match and a few more shows, and we also visited a few shops.  During the day, we entered the Swashbuckler Steeplechase and won second place!  My part was standing around helpless (“Save me, save me, someone save me!”, no really, that was my line), and The Intended certainly shined as my swashbuckling hero.  I always forget his theatre talent….  My shopping goals included a pewter goblet for my upper class garb, a straw hat, and a pair of shoes.  I decided to forgo the goblet when I bought a really cool magnetic jewelry piece.  It has beautiful beadwork, and can wrap into a bunch of nifty pieces.  You can just barely see it in my lower class bodice photo as a circlet.  The straw hat was found as a bonus in the shop where I purchased the shoes.  The shoes will not match any garb that I wear this season, but I couldn’t buy basic black maryjanes with those cute little blue maryjanes staring me in the face.  Oh, well.  It was another good faire day, and I have a few weeks to finish The Intended’s noble garb (diary to come) as well as a smock for myself.

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