wool & silk blend

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This is a 14th century style hood I was commissioned to make a few months ago for another member of The Royal Court of Chesterwick. I seriously love making hoods and I seem to have a knack for designing them, so I thought I’d have a go at making one for someone else.

The main body of this hood is made from brown wool, with the gussets being a beautiful wool/ silk blend. The lining is green 100% linen. Interior seams for this one are machine overlocked (because it’s for LARP, not reenactment), with all exposed stiching hand finished with silk and wool threads. Around the face it’s finished with a green silk blanket stitch, with an overcast stitch in brown wool along the bottom.  I made this hood to fit snuggly around the neck, with a relatively short liripipe that sticks out the back when worn up.

I’m super happy with how this turned out, and Peter was also pretty thrilled. he accessorised with some cast pewter pins which worked really well.

Last photo credit to @theprohobby, taken at Swordcraft Spring Quest 2016.


Lightweight luxury is the theme of the day with a good showing of pattern and texture mixing.

- Brunello Cucinelli 50% wool 20% silk 30% linen blend gray suit with subtle blue undertones.

- Cotton blue\green plaid shirt by Isaia with cut-away collar.

- Paisley print\woven tie, this is one of the most expensive way to make neckwear, notice the iridescent dot pattern on top of the paisley.

- Steel and pear wood fountain pen by Germany’s iconic Faber Castell.

- Pebble grain chestnut brown four eyelet plain-toe shoes by Ferragamo.

“Robe à la Hussarde”, Bohemia ca. 1860. 

Wool, silk and cotton blend.

Classic mid-19th century cage crinoline dress. The skirt meassures 4,40 m at the seam which makes it of medium-width for the times and normal for a day-dress. Ball gowns used a lot more fabric for the skirt. The ensemble would be completed with a collar and sleeves made from white cotton and lace which were usually only loosely attached to the dress to make washing them easier.

Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe Hamburg, currently on display as part of the exhibition “Sports / No Sports”. Photo: private (= by me, please excuse the non-professional quality).

Magical Properties of Fibers

I did some searching out of curiosity, and found that other than silk, fiber types don’t really have any traditional magical properties. I’ve summarized my own ideas about them here, since I use different types of yarn very often in my spells! If anyone has anything to add, let me know! Especially about silk, I didn’t find as much as I’d have liked on it - other than its frequent use, there’s actually not much information on its magical properties out there! 

this is almost all UPG so take it with a grain of salt.

With all of these, I like to combine the fiber type with color correspondences to find the right yarn for a spell or project. 

  • Wool is a good all-purpose fiber. It’s like the white candle of fibers. Inexpensive and sturdy, if I don’t have something else in mind, I always reach for a 100% wool yarn. When knit up into clothing and other items, it’s a wonderful insulator, keeping you warm in the cold. It can absorb up to a third of its weight in water before the rain will soak through. So, I use wool especially for protection. 
  • Alpaca, mohair, angora, etc. - Because of their cost, I don’t usually use animal fibers other than wool or silk in my practice. In theory, though, I would use mohair or angora for something I don’t want to be noticed, but still pack a punch - they are incredibly lightweight yet some of the warmest fibers. 
  • Silk - Probably the most commonly used fiber in magic, silk is known to deflect or nullify magic. It is a good all-purpose fiber in magic, since it doesn’t its own properties to spells. However, it can be a little expensive. Silk-wool blends are my preference for this reason.
  • Cotton - Unspun, cotton is used for luck, healing, and protection (according to Scott Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs). These properties carry over to yarn and fabric made with it. Cotton and other plant-based fibers are especially light and breathable, making them suitable for spell bags and sachets. They also have little to no “memory”, meaning they don’t stretch or hold a shape. If I have a spell I might want to undo later, I use cotton.
  • Linen - Very similar to cotton, but for me, linen also carries properties of both purity and wealth. I like using a linen-cotton blend for my sachets to let their contents do the heavy lifting. I also keep my crystals in a linen-cotton pouch.
  • Bamboo - Oh, how I do love bamboo fiber. It’s pricey, but I love the way it feels. Magically, Scott Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs advises that it is good for luck, protection, hex-breaking, and wishes. Traditions from different cultures also use it as a symbol of longevity or friendship. I like to tie a knot in bamboo yarn while I make a wish, and use it in spells for health.
  • Acrylic - I tend to avoid acrylic as a general rule. It’s the plastic of yarns. True, there are some nice acrylic and acrylic-blend yarns out there, I do use them in my knitting! But I tend to avoid them for magical things. I once made a tarot card bag of an acrylic-cotton blend and the deck was very unhappy. Acrylic doesn’t burn, it melts, making it unsuitable for quite a few spells. The only time I’ve ever used acrylic to my satisfaction was in a rather nasty binding spell, and that was a very special case.

“ Jacket  : ‘Holland&Sherry
 ’ linen and wool and silk blend  -  Tailorable WINE LABEL”


Shirt : ‘Royal Navy Tailor’ linen&cotton - Tailorable Blue LABEL”

"Ps by  Simonnot Gordard ” "Shoes by John Lobb MTO” -For : C.J.H 


schizoress  asked:

for the drabble prompts maybe, "gaby puts the boys in timeout"

Ten minutes in and Illya is still pacing. There is something to be said about Russian perseverance, Napoleon thinks. He’s dizzy just from watching.

“You can pick the lock,” Illya says, pausing and turning to Napoleon in one precise motion.

“I can.” Napoleon agrees, wary, uncooperative.

Illya steps aside, and gestures with both hands at the door. Napoleon glances at it, and then his gaze turns back to Illya.

Illya watches him, and then his lips press together in anger. There is betrayal written on his face. Napoleon keeps his expression one of practiced detachment.

“Then give me your tools,” Illya says, thrusting out a hand.

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anonymous asked:

Hello. My partner is agender and is struggling to find androgynous formal wear that people wont simply read as "butch lesbian woman." Any ideas for gender neutral formal wear that isn't purely masculine?

It depends on the everyday style your friend has. For maxinum comfort, just try and fancify what they’d prefer to wear normally. This could be done by changing materials (eg. polyester for silk, wool/polyester blend for cashmere), changing patterns (eg. graphic prints for more simple designs, bland colors for richer or shinier colors), and adding fancy accessories (eg. heels, nice dress shoes, well fitting jacket, jewelry, makeup). Mixing and matching typically feminine and masculine read clothing could be quite effective.

Here’s some ideas:
● Tuxedo pants with heels and a structured cropped blouse.
● Mid length black circle skirt with oxfords and a crisp dress shirt
● Black pants/jeans with dress shoes and a v neck sweater
● Ballerina flats with slim dress pants, a genderflux shirt and a sharp blazer
● 60s mod inspired dress or 20s flapper inspired dress and dress shoes with a structured blazer.


anonymous asked:

Any ideas for what to make with 2 skeins (191 yds each) of Mirasol Nuna? It's a beautiful sportweight wool/silk/bamboo blend.

It is very pretty!

I took a quick look on Ravelry and some of the best projects I saw used it to show off what looks like really good stitch definition.  Since it’s sport weight, and you only have two skeins, I think something like mitts or socks that incorporate lace and/or cables would work well.

Here’s a pattern I really liked that calls for it called Beloved by Friends:

Good luck!

anonymous asked:

If you really want to get specific here, then yes we can "appropriate" this culture. I don't know what you've guys stated about the issue of jeans in the past, but if you want to get technical here, it's appropriation. Jeans were created in California around the 1930s, but over time, as America received more people, the clothing has well traveled the rest of the world. You see people wear jeans in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries. So no matter what you're reason, you are (cont)

“appropriating” the culture. However, it’s not seen as appropriation. When it comes to the basis of clothing of cultures, it’s barely seen as cultural appropriation. Clothing is something of one’s choice, first of all, and second, it’s the matter of interest. I wear jeans, but I also wear shalwar kameez. As a matter of fact, if you see modern styles of Desi clothing nowadays, you’d see it much resembles western culture nowadays, with tights, short kameez (shirts), etc. 

Overall, what I’m saying is that first, there is such a thing as western culture. Second, you can’t delve within the definition of “cultural appropriation” and pickpocket those things occurring only within our culture, when in fact, Desi clothing has much evolved to resemble other cultural clothing. You see how vastly shalar kameez (especially), sarees, kurthas, etc. has evolved, and resemble those of other clothing, just like you see here in America with their evolvement of clothing.

Tell me, what’s the cultural significance of jeans? can you appropriate what has no meaning? EVERY SINGLE FRICKING THING we’ve said people appropriate have a very significant meaning in Desi culture.  So why don’t you run along and stop filling our inbox with nonsense.  

Also, churidar HAVE ALWAYS BEEN LEGGINGS.  Just because they’re made out of jersey instead of cotton, silk, wool, blends, or synthetic fabric doesn’t mean they’re approrpiating.  ALSO WHO CARES ABOUT LEGGINGS?! OR BIKINI TOPS FOR SARIS?! white people, what is the significance of the bikini top, please tell me.  omg

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