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MORE workshops!

These are the ones that are put on by the Ladies of Refined Taste that I was telling you about at our sewing day, quincy134 and jennil .

They sound very low key and fun. 

About the Hives:

The Hive will be held on one Sunday of each month from January to March from 1pm-4pm at the Samuel Brooks House at Minute Man National Historic Park in Lincoln, MA.   Each Hive will include a one-hour presentation followed by two concurrent workshops.  In addition, a room will be available for those who would just like to bring a sewing project and/or visit.  The Sunday Hives are free of charge to reenactors and Park interpreters. Tea and coffee will be available, please feel free to bring a snack or sweet to share.

For questions and more information on Hive workshops 
contact Stephanie Smith at s-ksmith@comcast.net

We look forward to seeing you there!

HIVE 1: Sunday, January 13 -- 1pm to 4pm
Focus on improvements to your Battle Road kit–
This is a must for all Battle Road participants -- newbies and veterans alike!!!


1:00pm - 2:00pm

Lecture: Battle Road Clothing Review Using period satirical prints as inspiration for assembling your Battle Road kit.

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Clinic 1: Individual Clothing Consultations – Discuss the options for a new kit or improvements to your existing kit in one on one sessions

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Clinic 2: Sewing Bee – Stuck on a clothing project? Can’t get those sleeves to fit properly? Not sure where that hem should fall? Bring a project you are working on for help, inspiration or just because you need to get it done!



HIVE 2: Sunday, February 10 -- 1pm to 4pm

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Lecture: 18th century hair of the lower and middle class. We’ll be taking a look at hair and hat options as depicted in period artwork as well as advertisements and inventories.

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Clinic 1: Making a Workman’s cap – Hand sew your own linen workman’s cap. Learn some basic hand sewing techniques while constructing a useful item.

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Clinic 2: Applying period construction techniques to a commercial pattern – We’ll show you how to take a woman’s gown pattern and make it more accurate (and easier to make) by using 18th century clothing construction methods.


HIVE 3: Sunday, March 16 -- 1pm to 4pm

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Lecture: Earbobs, Witches Hearts, Sleeve links, wig loops --What’s what in 18th century jewelry and which is right for you? Join our guest speaker Sharon Burnston for a discussion on period “bling” for men and women of all social classes. By studying period portraits as well as some of her personal treasures, Sharon will guide you through a tour of period jewelry that will help you find just the right accessories for your impression

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Clinic 1: Lining a man’s hat – Make your hat more comfortable and gain a better fit with a proper lining. Bring your unlined hat or a hat that needs new innards

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Clinic 2: Hemming a petticoat Learn about the techniques for finishing the hem of a petticoat.


Upcoming 18th century workshops in MA

This is mostly for jennil and quincy134 but anyone in MA or New England may be interested.  These are some upcoming 18th C. workshops that I found out about.  They are with either Henry Cooke, Sue Felshin or Hallie Larkin, which are three VERY highly esteemed 18th century tailors/textile historians.  If any of them sound interesting to you, I would suggest going.  I'm thinking of doing the swatch book and the frock coat workshops.

Unlined Frock Coat Workshop

January 12-13, 2008

 Location: Samuel Brooks House, Minute Man National Park, Concord, MA 
Conducted by Henry Cooke

 Frock coats and workman's jackets constitute the principal outer garments of middle and working class New Englanders in the 1770's. Research has found increasingly that unlined coats and jackets were favored for warm weather wear, and as such, make an ideal garment for most reenactors to have in their civilian wardrobe. Light, easy and comfortable, they allow the wearer to be cool, while allowing one to be fashionably and modestly dressed.

Workshop will focus on hand construction of an unlined linen or woolen frock coat.  Class will cover selecting materials, how to alter the basic pattern, and details of cutting, assembly, and finishing techniques, including thread and covered buttons and buttonholes. While it is recommended that participants bring a strong linen for their project, a firm finished broadcloth can also be used -- please consult with Henry if you wish to pursue that option.

Participants will receive workshop handouts and copy of frock coat pattern sized to the person they are making for, for which Henry will need to know measure of chest and waist no later than the first of January. For more information and to reserve your place, contact Henry Cooke, hcooke4@verizon.net, or 781-963-9645 Cost per person $50


 Create an 18th Century Swatch Book

Sunday, February 10, 2008    10am - 12pm

 Location: Samuel Brooks House, Minute Man National Park, Concord, MA 
Conducted by Hallie Larkin

This workshop will explore the wide and often confusing variety of 18th century fabrics. You will assemble your own swatch book of linens, silks and wools appropriate for reproducing 18th century clothing and accessories for both men and women. Original garments and fabrics swatches will be on hand for study and research. To sign up contact Hallie at halliemiss2@yahoo.com Cost per person $35.


 Making a Short Cloak

Saturday, March 15, 2008    10am - 2pm

 Location: Samuel Brooks House, Minute Man National Park, Concord, MA 
Conducted by
Sue Felshin

During this session you will learn about short cloaks and mantles, then learn how to construct a short cloak. Your short cloak will keep you warm while providing freedom of movement.. You will choose between a hooded or collared style. You will provide your own materials, but Sue will have some for sale as well. To sign up or for more information contact Sue at sfelshin@csail.mit.edu Cost per person $30.


 18th Century Crewel Embroidery

Sunday, March 16, 2008    10am - 12pm

 Location: Samuel Brooks House, Minute Man National Park, Concord, MA 
Conducted by
Hallie Larkin

Make your own 18th century pocket or stomacher using techniques and materials appropriate to 18th century crewel embroidery. You will choose from a wide variety of hand drawn patterns and colorful crewel wools. All materials are provided. To sign up contact Hallie at halliemiss2@yahoo.com Cost per person $45.


Book Alert!

Today I opened my e-mail to find a nice little surprise from Amazon- a $5 gift certificate for pre-ordering Harry Potter.  I decided to apply that, and some credit I had left from another gift certificate to ordering This (it's a link):

Textiles in America 1650-1870

This is Florence Montgomery's monumental work on, obviously, textiles in America.  This book used to occasionally turn up on E-Bay for around $300 so they FINALLY re-printed it and now it is available from Amazon for about $32 in hardback.  It's still a pre-order, with a date in September, but it may be earlier, because I know people who are already starting to get copies they ordered from elsewhere.  I had a change to look at this book (my library has a copy) and it is awesome.  If you are a textile freak, like me, I really recommend this book.

Heads up

The ever-fabulous demode_kvc posted on her website the other day the fabulous news that the V&A Museum is now allowing high-res downloads of their entire collection for private use.  Did you hear that pop?  That was my head exploding.  Go to their search page, and sign up (you have to give your e-mail and you address, and your status as a "researcher"), then as you browse, you can add up to 30 images at a time to your "cart" for lack of a better word.  Then they will e-mail you the giant images.  Some of them are so detailed you can actually see the stitches.  It's amazing.   Gone are the days of us posting and saying "can you see a seamline?  Does this make sense to you when you squint and tilt your head at a 64 degree angle?"

As if I couldn't possibly love the V&A anymore.

special linen goodness!

Just a head's up:

If you add the code "ilovelinen" into the checkout page at fabrics-store.com, you will get something like 7% off of your order.  Sweet!

(p.s.  Fabrics Store is my favorite supplier of linen online.  I get a lot from them and find them to be high-quality and low price)

molotov_quaker did you tell me about this?

*UPDATED*  For the next 4 days, if you also enter the "FreeDHL" code, you get free shipping, which just saved me $7.21


Hot damn!! There is progress!   Yesterday, James was fabulous and wonderful and came over and helped me hem the petticoat.  I had cut it WAAAY too long, and couldn't maneouver at all in it.  So I stood on a chair and he pinned up the hem all the way around so that it wouldn't be all wonky because of my false rump.    I decided not to add pocket slits, because I want to make a knotting bag to go with this gown that will serve as a little purse, of sorts, and I hate and despise wearing pockets anyway.   I pleated the waist to a piece of 1/2 inch twill tape all the way around, and I cut a slit in the back that allows it to fit over my shoulders when I put it on.  That way I don't have this big mess of ties all over the place, and I was able to pleat more of the fabric to the sides and back than in the front so it's a little fuller back there.  I'm pleased. 

I'm going to hem the bottom by sewing in more of that 1/2 twill tape on the inside, thus encasing the turned in hem.  It will make a nice neat hem, that's strong (which is an issue I'm having using the silk thread), and the added weight will help the silk to drape a little better.  It's sorta floaty as it is now.  I'm hoping to finish the petticoat today and I'll post some pictures tommorow.