Shawn L. Bird

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jabot completed December 4, 2011

Filed under: projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:15 am
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You may recall that I started with a 2X3 inch seed stitch base.  The last two entries have shown the bottom layer and edging.

Three more layers were added, spaced an inch apart, and the end.  I just eyeballed the length of the lace section in each case, making each about 1.5 inches shorter than the previous.  Although the lowest layer was made in a fan shape, the subsequent layers I doubled the stitches on the first two knit rows after picking up 14 stitches in the base, and just went straight down from there.

Once all four layers were knit and edged, I pulled out the fine yarn, and using a 3.25 mm needle, picked up 5 stitches and seed stitched a collar to the neck length.

Upon completion I made two loops at the end (stitch around twice, then blanket stitch the top loop).  Add a button on the base.

All done!

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lace jabot edging December 3, 2011

Filed under: projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:41 pm
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finish the purl row, turn, add 8 stitches.

knit back to the base of the jabot, knitting the 8th stitch into the jabot (knit 2 together).

turn

slip, knit one, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2.

turn, slip, knit back, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

slip, knit two, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2.

turn, slip, knit back, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

slip, knit three, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2.

turn, slip, knit back, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

slip, knit four, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2.

turn slip, knit back, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

slip, knit rest of row

turn slip, knit, bind off 4, (8 edging stitches remain, knit these, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

REPEAT until all the jabot has been picked up.

bind off

 

lace jabot in progress December 2, 2011

Filed under: projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:11 pm
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Here is how I am constructing the knit lace jabot:

Using a fine weight white yarn, I knit 15 stitches in seed stitch (knit, purl) until work measured 3 inches long by 2 inches wide.  This is the base.

Using a 0 weight (lace) crochet thread rated for a 1.5 mm needle, pull the threads through spaces in the base across the bottom onto a 2.75 mm needle.  (14 holes=14 stitches on knitting needle) knit one row, then purl back.  Add a stitch in the hole between each stitch (27) purl back. For pattern: knit 4, Yarn Over, Knit 2 together until last 4 stitches, knit.  Next row, purl back.  Continue for1,5 inches, then a knit row purl row (repeat), then add a stitch between each stitch and continue in pattern.  Repeat sections until you get the length you want.

(I played with adding some movement to the lace by starting some with 5 knit stitches and others with 4.  Decided I didn’t really like it, so changed my technique for subsequent layers)

Then add the fancy border.  See the next post for that!

FYI- I used Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread size 10, 100% viscose from Bamboo.

 

lace jabot December 1, 2011

Filed under: projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:04 pm
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So, if you should happen to be a handsome gentleman in the 18th century, there would be an essential item of clothing that we rarely see in the 21st century.  You would be wearing a lace jabot.

A jabot is a tiered tie made from lace.  It attaches around the neck, and drapes down the front of the chest like a bib.

If you were an 18th century wife, you probably knitted jabots for your husband (and sons) with lots of love.  They showed off your wifely skill around their necks.

So, while I’m waiting for the kilt straps and buckles to arrive, so I can finish that project, I’m knitting a jabot.

Here are the links to the instructions.

 

ha November 30, 2011

Filed under: anecdotes,projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:48 pm
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An observation by the man of my house:

“You know, instead of you going to all this work to make me a kilt, I could just wear a towel around my waist…”

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If I’d known about this handy little product from the Galician Shop, I might have considered it!

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kilting continuance November 23, 2011

Filed under: projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:22 pm
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The latest report on the kilt making!

1. hem the approximately 8 yards of fabric

2. set the lining

3. pin the pleats according to hubby’s preference

4. press the pleats

5. manipulate the pleats from the fit at the hip to the narrower waist

6. hand stitch the 7-8 yards of hip pleats into position

7. baste pleats onto the lining

8. hand stitch the waist pleats

9. add apron fringe fabric

10. add waistband

11. pull threads to make fringe

12. add buckle closures (2)

13. figure out inner closure…

14.  add hanging loops

15. sigh dramatically as spouse models completed kilt!

At last report, I was anticipating having to re-do the stitching.  After subsequent measuring, I decided that I was just going to leave it.  The measurements are close enough (1/2″ off).  I am not sure whether I am actually going to put in a lining, but if so, I’ll be able to tighten the top two inches of the kilt  with the one inch waistband, I think.

I would be finished, except I determined that the 3 lbs of fabric requires MUCH sturdier buckles and straps that the wimpy pair I’d picked up at the fabric store when I bought my fabric.  I have therefore ordered a sturdier set from a kiltmaker in Scotland.  I will be inserting the straps into the waist band when they arrive, so I’m at a stop.

I am also waiting for a package from http://www.scotweb.co.uk/ that includes a clan buckle, kilt belt, and kilt hose (aka socks).  I have made garters and flashes.  I had very good luck on eBay this week and managed to obtain a lovely sporran with a gorgeous engraved silver cantle.

So!  Things are progressing quite nicely.  Finishing will depend on the mail arriving from the UK, but in my experience, that should mean within the next couple of weeks.  I tend to have UK parcels arrive much sooner than parcels from Eastern Canada or the US for some reason.

While I wait, I’ll be stitching up a linen tunic.   I had to go through several collections before I found the perfect one:  Simplicity 3519.   I like that this one is uni-sex.  It can be used for a variety of costuming purposes.  I will be making B, the one they show in green on the top right of the photo.

 

kilt complications November 21, 2011

Filed under: projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:05 pm
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I set out to make a kilt using instructions from the internet.  I wish I’d had photos of every tiny step in the procedure because after hand pleating and ironing and pinning for 7 hours, then hand stitching (using the prescribed tiny felling stitch, even though it looks wrong to me) 31 shaped pleats from hip to waist for 8 hours.

Because today, while trying to figure out exactly how to attach the waistband, I discovered that there should be a couple inches of the waist measurement, (in other words, the narrowest point of all 31 pleats should have been 1.5 inches lower than I have sewn them.

8 hours it took to put in those 31 pleats.

8.

Yeah.

Now I have to study the finished kilt and see if there is a sneaky way of fixing this without having to re-do all of the pleats.  I wish I’d found this out yesterday.  >>sigh<<

It fits absolutely perfectly as it is, which makes it even more irritating to have to raise the waist.  No point whining.

I have stitches to pick out.

 

 
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