Loose threads

Various sewing projects. Mostly historical (or historically inspired) stuff. Varying levels of ambition!

Challenge #21 - Re-do, part three

Kategori: , Allmänt

The theme this time was fairly straight-forward: "Pick any previous challenge and re-do it (or do it for the first time).  It could be one that you didn’t finish, one that you wish you’d had more time for, or any time for, or one where you loved the theme so much you want to do it again."

So much to do, and a LARP fast approaching; I ended up doing three mini projects.

3. Black and white: A pocket handkerchief

Another running joke within the LARP is that I, who normally don't cry easily (though I'm easier and easier moved as years pass, it's my grandpa's genes, I'm sure!), tend to end up with teary eyes and a big lump in my throat at least once per event due to the scary letter-writing skills of the organisers. It's also a well-known fact that you always need something for events - dribbly nose or eyes that water from wind or sun or makeup or whatever, and paper tissues are hygienic and all that, but never period. And you just can't get pocket handkerchiefs any more, it seems. So, last night before the event I raided the stash:

Sorry about the light, it was very late... Anyhow: white linen from my stash and tatted lace done by my great aunt. Tatted lace is not HA, but to an untrained eye (such as mine!) and from a distance it looks reasonably like needle-lace which is, if I'm not mistaken.
Then I went to bed, and on the bus to Stockholm (five hours) I hemmed it and added the lace. I sat next to a lady hemming towels, so I didn't even get the Funny Looks I sometimes get. Another two hours on the last train and at a friend's, and the handkerchief was done in time!
I of course see infinate possibilities of blinging this further with some kind of pulled threadwork or somesuch, but... well, I still want it to be useful.
The Challenge: #21 Re-do (Black and white)
Fabric: Linen
Pattern: None
Year: Uhm... say 1500s onwards here as well
Notions: White polyester thread, tatted lace
How historically accurate is it? I guess the lace is cotton, tatted lace not HA, pocket handkerchiefs sort of around, linen, handsewn... 70%?
Hours to complete: 6
First worn: Last weekend. I didn't use it, though! Character had no time to cry over her letters, crying had to be postponed.
Total cost:
Perhaps 25 sek (3 euros) for the linen, rest from stash.