jauncourt: (historical costume)
Hello to any new folks who have come by to see what I have to offer! You will find that this is a strange mix of a personal journal and a blog. A great deal of my early thoughts on costuming and craft stuff does percolate through here, but a lot of what I say here is friends only or private. All of my costuming info is public, and will be duplicated, eventually on my public blog. Please feel free to friend me, read for a bit, comment if you like, and if we seem to be doing well as a acquaintances, I might friend you back.

If you are looking for my costuming handouts, they are freely available for download at Scribd, and I have a lot of additional content elsewhere. Please see the links list for where you can find my public web content.

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Regarding Facebook: While I am on facebook, I try to keep that personal, for keeping up with IRL friends and family. If you do find me on facebook, I may not accept your request unless I have a good idea of who you are. My twitter is much more public, so I'll be posting costume and other public stuff there.

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The pattern I've been working on for over a year, a screen-accurate copy of the red shawl worn by Saffron in Our Mrs Reynolds, is nearly ready! Watch this blog for updates regarding the release.




Thanks go out to my volunteer tech editor and the brave test knitters in the BigDamnKnitters group at Ravelry.


This pattern will be a free PDF download, available through Ravelry and my document shelf at Scribd. I will make announcements here, on twitter, at my public blog, and on Ravelry.
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A wonderful friend gave me my own set of the DVDs. Between that, and our dvd player and tv, I have an updated list of things I've observed about the shawl. A lot of this post is aggregated from a couple of posts on the thread over at BDK on Ravelry.

I had little success the last time (I have a whole card full of photos that really don’t give me much info), and having the DVD set (I had it on my DVR which isn’t really HD) and an okay little DVD player with digital upconvert and a really good ZOOM made a huge difference. I also put a fresh projector bulb in my digital projector tv, and that helped a lot.

I took a whole bunch of photos with my phone, because, of course, the battery was dead in BOTH decent cameras. Between fiddling with brightness/contrast on the tv and saturation on the phone, I got a couple of really decent shots of the back of the shawl. For blurry phone pictures of highly zoomed almost pixelated paused DVD video.. Argh.
I’ve spent hours pausing and zooming and inspecting the still images of the first 15-20 minutes of the ep and I’m pretty sure of several things about it.

  • it is for sure a top-down traditional (starts from the center of the long edge) mitred triangle
  • it has a double-eyelet border knit on or into the long edge
  • the pattern is a vertical open-chevrons-in-stripes pattern, with repeats of three chevrons and a wider solid chevron marking the ends of the repeats
  • there is a solid “stripe” between the chevron motifs that is 2-4 stitches wide
  • the chevrons point down and echo the border points
  • the openwork chevrons are made with 7 eyelets, with one at the point
  • the angle of the pattern when viewed from the back is not 45 degrees, so it’s probably a slightly shaped triangle/butterfly if laid out flat
  • it has a knitted on bottom border that is in pattern (the points of the border line up with the points of the chevron motifs creating an illusion that the border is not knit on)
  • there appear to be 15 21 points, including the three points of the triangle
  • that means there are 15 21 tassels or fringes (since there are so few, I am calling them tassels)
  • the tassels are tied on and appear to be made with 2 or 3 strands doubled over, and the length is not equal (or they are very worn and have attenuated and been torn over time)
  • it is made with a large singleply (like lamb’s pride worsted) or a very smooth/worn multi-ply
  • it is probably a wool or wool blend yarn, because the shawl looks like it has fulled a little bit due to age/wear or possibly deliberately during washing/blocking to stabilize the pattern (since it is so large)

I’ve ordered 2 different wool yarns from Webs to make the shawl. One of them is bound to be a better fit than the other: Nashua Handkints Creative Focus Chunky in Copper Carmine and Nashua Handkints Creative Focus Worsted in Brick.


Hope this makes things that I think I’m seeing clearer, I scanned some of my notes (not nearly all, just the most relevant ones).

Overview of my notes:


This is the scarf I made for the firefly-themed swap I was in recently, and which really helped with working out the borders and she spacing of the motifs:


Here’s an incomplete (doesn’t include the foundation row that the two halves point out from - it’s grafted in the middle) chart for the scarf above:


and rough charted notes from making the scarf (NOT the shawl!) for the corner of the sideways worked border (purl rows aren’t shown):


SO, that's where we are at this point.
jauncourt: (dress diary)
A wonderful friend gave me my own set of the DVDs. Between that, and our dvd player and tv, I have an updated list of things I've observed about the shawl. A lot of this post is aggregated from a couple of posts on the thread over at BDK on Ravelry.

I had little success the last time (I have a whole card full of photos that really don’t give me much info), and having the DVD set (I had it on my DVR which isn’t really HD) and an okay little DVD player with digital upconvert and a really good ZOOM made a huge difference. I also put a fresh projector bulb in my digital projector tv, and that helped a lot.

I took a whole bunch of photos with my phone, because, of course, the battery was dead in BOTH decent cameras. Between fiddling with brightness/contrast on the tv and saturation on the phone, I got a couple of really decent shots of the back of the shawl. For blurry phone pictures of highly zoomed almost pixelated paused DVD video.. Argh.
I’ve spent hours pausing and zooming and inspecting the still images of the first 15-20 minutes of the ep and I’m pretty sure of several things about it.

  • it is for sure a top-down traditional (starts from the center of the long edge) mitred triangle
  • it has a double-eyelet border knit on or into the long edge
  • the pattern is a vertical open-chevrons-in-stripes pattern, with repeats of three chevrons and a wider solid chevron marking the ends of the repeats
  • there is a solid “stripe” between the chevron motifs that is 2-4 stitches wide
  • the chevrons point down and echo the border points
  • the openwork chevrons are made with 7 eyelets, with one at the point
  • the angle of the pattern when viewed from the back is not 45 degrees, so it’s probably a slightly shaped triangle/butterfly if laid out flat
  • it has a knitted on bottom border that is in pattern (the points of the border line up with the points of the chevron motifs creating an illusion that the border is not knit on)
  • there appear to be 15 21 points, including the three points of the triangle
  • that means there are 15 21 tassels or fringes (since there are so few, I am calling them tassels)
  • the tassels are tied on and appear to be made with 2 or 3 strands doubled over, and the length is not equal (or they are very worn and have attenuated and been torn over time)
  • it is made with a large singleply (like lamb’s pride worsted) or a very smooth/worn multi-ply
  • it is probably a wool or wool blend yarn, because the shawl looks like it has fulled a little bit due to age/wear or possibly deliberately during washing/blocking to stabilize the pattern (since it is so large)

I’ve ordered 2 different wool yarns from Webs to make the shawl. One of them is bound to be a better fit than the other: Nashua Handkints Creative Focus Chunky in Copper Carmine and Nashua Handkints Creative Focus Worsted in Brick.


Hope this makes things that I think I’m seeing clearer, I scanned some of my notes (not nearly all, just the most relevant ones).

Overview of my notes:


This is the scarf I made for the firefly-themed swap I was in recently, and which really helped with working out the borders and she spacing of the motifs:


Here’s an incomplete (doesn’t include the foundation row that the two halves point out from - it’s grafted in the middle) chart for the scarf above:


and rough charted notes from making the scarf (NOT the shawl!) for the corner of the sideways worked border (purl rows aren’t shown):


SO, that's where we are at this point.

ETA: Got the shawl charted. Took HOURS. Even using a spreadsheet program. The border is different than the scarf border, the shawl has a 1 stitch line between chevrons, I am not writing out the instructions until I have worked any bugs out of the chart, and I'm not quite sure how the double eyelet band is going to work as I have it currently charted, but we have a workable, testable pattern chart! WooHoo!
jauncourt: (medieval)
So, today I am putting out a call for questions regarding bliauts, handout requests (a few are available online, but I have to mail or fileshare the rest), etc.

If anyone needs or wants copies of my handouts (these are the same ones from KWCS a few years back), pleasego download from Lulu.com (free, may ask you to register) or convince me to post them at Scribd (I have an account and have not yet posted anything). If you have the handouts and want to pick my brains for stuff not in them, please ask!

Direct links to the lulu.com pages:
Introduction to 12th century Western European Clothing for Women and Men
Serpentine Braids or Straight as a Scabbard: Women's Court Hairdressing in 12th Century Europe

I have a couple more that are not yet online, and one that is a handout version of the Adventures In Dagging project, done for a workshop. I will hunt those up and mail out copies on request.

I am also considering reworking my old "bliaut handout" into a more updated version, with the cheats (shortcuts in girdle making, mostly) as a separate section. Any interest?

I am duplicating this post over at my blog, so if you subscribe to it as well as here, ask in one place or I might get confused ;)
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This message is being posted here for interested parties at the request of the Shumways - the volume
in question is to be reprinted, and is being offered at a discount to early purchasers. If you are at all interested in late 18th/early 19th century Eastern American clothing, this is a fantastic resource.

Please encourage the Shumways to continue to listen to their publishing audience by passing this around!

Thank you!

Dear Maura,
We are pleased to announce that RURAL PENNSYLVANIA CLOTHING by Ellen Gehret is being reprinted and should be available by the 28th of November, 2005.
The book will be softbound but sewn- not glued, which makes it a very durable book.

We want to thank you and the members of your 18th century email list who initiated a request to reprint this book. In appreciation we are offering the book at a special price to you, your reenator list, and others during the month of November. The book will be available for $35 and free shipping on orders placed during November 2005. On the 1st of December, the price will be $40 plus $6 shipping.

I will be putting the information on our website www.shumwaypublisher.com this weekend. People can also call us toll free 1-888-748-6929 to order. We accept visa, mastercard, and American Express, also checks and money orders.

Thank you again, and since you were the first to write us, I will ask you to pass on the infomation to others rather than my emailing them individually.

Dorothy Shumway
George Shumway Publisher
3900 Deep Run Lane
York, PA 17402
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I'm setting about working on my handouts for my classes at KWCS today. I have just discovered that all of my notebooks have gone poof.

Every single graphpaper tablet has also gone poof. I use these for my preliminary technical sketches, and rough layouts of my handouts.

The notes I can recreate, many of them are already scanned, the existing rough sketches ditto, but I NEED the hardcopy step of roughing out on paper for my thoughtprocesses to work. I can't find shit.

Stuff that I know was there not more than a couple of weeks ago has vanished. I've torn the house apart, I've looked through every room, even searched the car and I'm stumped. I've so far found two stray sheets of graph paper and diddlysquat else.

F*ck. I'll have to go buy another planning tablet, and of course then everything will show up, I'm sure.

Double F*CK.

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