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30 March 2011 @ 12:47 am
Best. Hat. Ever.  
I had the crappiest work day on record... until I got home. I had a package that entirely derailed my plan for the evening. I chucked my plans to work on the seventeen urgent projects and commissions I have on my plate and sewed a hat. Not just any hat, though, a beautiful, fabulous, Elizabethan embroidered coif... embroidered by my grandpa! Squee!

My grandpa has been cross-stitching pillowcases and tableclothes in recent years and awhile ago I got it into my head to ask him to do a piece for me. He initially protested that it was a little boring to use only black embroidery floss, but was willing to humor me when I insisted. The design is one of the attack_laurel's Extreme Costuming patterns. I stitched it up with a lining to protect the embroidery and embroidered my name, barony, and kingdom on the inside so it will always find its way home, but all the exterior embroidery was done by my grandpa. I am so utterly pleased! I'll need to find an excuse to wear my Spanish gown sometime soon.

A detail of the pattern. I chose this one because of all the fruits and vegetables and insects reminded me of my grandma's truly epic garden that she had every summer when I was a child.

Left and right views...

And this last one, it's not a particularly great picture of me or the coif, but for some reason it feels very Holbein-esque, so I kept it.
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
whymcwhymc on March 30th, 2011 06:51 am (UTC)
Wow! You look like you're posing for a painting by a Dutch master...
eithni: sofonisbaeithni on March 30th, 2011 07:09 am (UTC)
I know! Completely by accident - it's just a crappy arm's length cell phone shot, but there's something just right about how it came out.
DameJ: at Green Dragondamej on March 31st, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
I think it's the angle of your face and the way the light hits your nose and eyes. I agree that it's very reminiscent of a Hans Holbein portrait. And the hat totally rocks.
Kareinakareina on March 30th, 2011 07:13 am (UTC)
Oh, how wonderful to have a grandparent who will work with you on such a project!
eithni: greeneithni on March 30th, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
Yup. My grandpa is a really wonderful and special man. I am blessed.
jtdiiijtdiii on March 30th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
Utterly adorable.

And yes very reminiscent of Holbein.
missdoommissdoom on March 30th, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
Very nice. That is awesome that your grandpa helped you make it.
world_rim_walkeworld_rim_walke on March 30th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
Embroidered by your grandfather is awesome.
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corvusjoyouscorvusjoyous on March 30th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
I agree, best hat ever. This is so cool, and is a creation you'll treasure forever.

This is the epitome of how cool being able to make your own art/stuff/artifacts is.
carrot_khan on March 30th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, how cool is it that a grandpa cross-stitches and doesn't care who knows it?
grnjenny / Jennifer Carlsongrnjenny on March 31st, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
Made of awesomesauce. Last pic is totally rockin.
Albredaalbreda on March 31st, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Your Grampa ROCKS. Heck with Spanish - I'd be wearing that with my jeans or my Norse, just so I could wear it!
eithni: sofonisbaeithni on March 31st, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
I did wear it to work yesterday... and SCA practice... and out to the bar where we go for social practice. :)~
reneekytokorpireneekytokorpi on March 31st, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
So pretty! That's an awesome keepsake in addition to garb.
Amanda Marksdottir: Vogueragnvaeig on April 3rd, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, squee!!!