Sunday, 16 February 2014

To Lucet and crochet

This weeks has been about enhancing my skills and challenging myself. With not time or energy to work on a big (costuming) project, I choose to do little things instead.

I have been making lucetted cords with the childeren for quite some time now and decided that they and I (!) needed a little bit more challenge, so I decided to add beads to make lucetted bracelets.

I also tried to crochet lace for a petticoat with a very fine crochet hook. The pattern is antique which presented a challenge in itself. I only made one piece of the motif as the white cotton thread I used was too coarse and the lace turned out too big. Still proud that I figured it out though!

You find the pattern at Heirloom Crochet , A selection of laces and insertions useful to needlewomen, the petit filet edge.

I also tried to figure out another lace pattern, the beginning looked promising but sadly enough I got stuck. There are lot of antique crochet patterns available for free on the internet, and a lot from the period that I am looking for 1840's - 1860's, but I find them quite hard to  work with. So for now I guess I will have to settle for a less authentic crochet lace.

My son has been begging me to crochet him a Om nom, ever since I made one for one of his friends. 

Today his Om nom family finally got a new member, we now have 19 Om noms, and I don't think the end is in sight yet. My son his first question, when it was finished was, Mum can you crochet a candy? We'll there is my next challenge!

You can find the Om nom pattern on Ravelry:
I bought this pattern for a larger Om nom with candy(!) and a Santa hat:

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Vintage petticoat and disek

Sometimes it is just cheaper to buy a vintage/antique costume pieces than it is to make a new one. That was certainly the case with this petticoat but it was the crochet lace border and the pin tucks that made it impossible for me to resist. It is a pity about the elastic in the waist though. I am thinking about converting it to a drawstring waist.

Some days before the Dickensfestijn in Deventer I bought this antique dijzak/disek/thigh pocket. Unfortanetly I didn't arrive in time for me to wear it to the event but I'll be sure to wear this year.
It's a practical and authentic solution to keep your valuebles save, especially in a crowd. I do however will have to add longer ties.
I also plan on using this original version as an example for making thigh pockets, they will make great gifts for victorian and edwardian costume loving girlfriends.

How to fold a dijzak:
A dijzak from 1890-1895
Other images from a dijzak:
Remnants of a silk version