Now that it’s been given this is the super secret project that Cateline La Broderesse and I have been working on. This is the Athena’s Thimble gift to His Majesty Alberic. Cateline embroidered the bottom trim and appliquéd it on to the tunic. I hand sewed the base tunic and embroidered and appliquéd to the tunic the cuff and collar. It was presented in court August 14th, 2021.
I was asked to craft a palla that featured a Sparky stamp.
Due to the intricacies of a heraldic tyger I had a 3D printed stamp created for me. I am attempting to create a carved wood block stamp, but it is very slow going.
The palla was crafted from medium weight, white linen fabric that was about 54” wide before washing and drying. I cut about 3 yards of fabric folded it in half lengthwise and cut it along this fold. Now giving us two lengths of fabric 3 yards long and about 26” wide. I hand sewed the two pieces together end to end making a length of 6 yards and flat felled seam, using white 3 ply linen floss. To give a bit more color I rolled the hems and did a decorative, yet functional running with half back stitch in a dark golden yellow 4 ply linen floss.
Once the palla was sewn and ironed, I laid it on a very long flat surface to stamp. Tulip fabric paint in blue was applied with a sponge paint brush to the stamp then applied to the fabric pushing evenly around the stamp. The fabric is then held and the stamp is pulled off the fabric without sliding it on the fabric and creating a smudge. I kept moving around the fabric and placing the stamp in the same way. When all of the fabric on the table was stamped I waited for the paint to dry to the touch in order to move the fabric and complete the rest of the stamps.
After all of the paint was applied I let palla dry for 24 hours, before folding it neatly to give to the recipient.
Final thoughts: I am now looking into different paints to see what works the best. Overall I am very pleased with this project and the recipient was too.