So. Part of blogging a process as you go along means it's harder to hide mistakes. Mistakes are a natural process of life, and as such, I hate them. But, as part of a learning process, I'm not sugar coating this post. I made some booboos, and learned that Florida humidity is unkind to the … Continue reading Icon-a-long with Anna 3: Gilding
This post shows you the deepest darkest secret of iconography: the patterning process. This is tongue in cheek for obvious reasons. Why? No, really. While many iconographers draw their own images, the vast majority of them are made from patterns that have existed since the Middle Ages or Early-Modern period. You can go on Amazon … Continue reading Icon-a-long with Anna 2: Patterns and Bole
I have a few commissions coming up, and I decided I wanted to blog(ish) the process rather than keep it under wraps, since they aren't gifts. I had to decided if I was going to do it on Facebook between my personal account, or my SCA persona page (which I rarely post on), and decided … Continue reading Icon-a-long with Anna 1: Boards
I barely sew men's Byzantine clothing. I know where to look, where to point friends, but for the most part, I personally haven't touched it. My husband is a Norman. He wears riding tunics, and basic linen gored tunics with keyhole necklines. He likes them, and looks good in them. His complexion and appearance echoes Anna … Continue reading Dressing the husband: Variations to the Manazan Cave Tunic
In November, I was asked (or rather, crashed a Facebook convo) regarding the new Eastern heirs coronation wishes. Byzantine! Having worked with the couple before for their first coronation (wherein I was a spooky Vestal Virgin reading a scary prophecy) I knew that their love of display and theater is something that I had missed … Continue reading How I became a liturgist: The Coronation Ordo of Brennan III and Caoilfhionn III
[Yes, the woman who named her site after a VNV Nation song just dropped a Wu Tang reference. Not even sorry.] My husband has a huge head and a normal neck. Those of us who sew know what this means, it means a gaping maw of a neckline that shows off the Norman's delicate ginger … Continue reading “Protect ya neck!” Or, how Anna learned to hide Gieffrei’s delicate collarbones.
I did a thing! Note that this is only a plausibly period approach with modern liberties. This is just a way to make good-looking, passable Byzantine garb on a budget for themed events, allow newcomers to try out a different style or persona, or make a low-cost "casual" wardrobe for when wearing fancier clothing is … Continue reading Video walkthrough of Sari Dalmatica/Delmatikion!