Finally getting round to spending some time on a few new jewellery designs.

My Etsy shop is back open and there should be some band new items appearing over the next few days!

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26 button loops and 30 minutes of plaiting cord later… THE COIF IS DONE!

You can’t see much of my hair but I styled it using a combination of the Tudor Tailor crossed plaits and this method which involves twisting the hair round tapes or strings and then crossing them over like with the plaits. I have thick hair though so I had to plait the excess and loop it onto the back of my head, I think next time I will use try using two separate tapes.

I would take a picture but I have just taken my hair out as I have to go to the supermarket. I love my coif, but not sure I’m ready to wear it to Tesco anytime soon!

Reblogging a post from my dress diary, here’s a personal project I have been working on for the last few months. It’s an embroidered Elizabethan coif with blackwork and silver spangles. Check out my dress diary (link at the top of the page) for more information and lots of photos of the coif in progress!

Here’s what I’ve been working on the last few weeks: reproduction canal bonnets - 30 of them to be exact! I made a batch of 11 in a slightly different design a few months ago so I have actually made 41 bonnets to date… whew!

Reproduction canal bonnets
white cotton, cord, cotton wadding, cotton tape

May 2014

After a marathon cutting out session I finally finished cutting the 144 pieces that make the last 12 canal bonnets!

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Working on white canal bonnets in the sun on the patio. Sunglasses definitely required!

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Leather coif I made while on work placement at Camelot theme park in 2009, this was to be worn by one of the knights in the jousting display.

Designs and photo of costumes for ‘Moses on Down’

Moses On Down at Leyland Methodist Church, 2010
Costume Designer, Rachel Midgley
Wardrobe Mistress for Primary Characters, Rachel Midgley
Set Designer, John Hutchinson

Found these old photos of the show I designed in third year of university and realised I hadn’t uploaded them!

The Front Page at the Church Hill Theatre, 2009
Costume Designer, Rachel Midgley
Wardrobe Supervisor, Sarah King
Set Designer, Gillian Argo

Some work in progress photos of my current job; a batch of 19th century canal bonnets with corded and gathered crowns. They’re almost done, so I will be posting some photos of the finished items soon!

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This evening I managed to whip up this little hexagon patchwork pincushion inspired by early 19th century patchwork (and the fabrics used in them). I am ridiculously pleased with it!
It was supposed to be my work secret santa present but I think I might just keep it… actually I think everyone I know is getting one of these for Christmas!

Made a lovely pincushion this evening, I think these might become a thing for me!

costumespanglesdressdiary:

This evening I managed to whip up this little hexagon patchwork pincushion inspired by early 19th century patchwork (and the fabrics used in them). I am ridiculously pleased with it!

It was supposed to be my work secret santa present but I think I might just keep it… actually I think everyone I know is getting one of these for Christmas!

Made a lovely pincushion this evening, I think these might become a thing for me!