Sparky Palla

Sparky Stamped

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.

Stamping Sparky

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.

Completed almost dry palla

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.

The never ending set of garb (Part 2).

The story of the cyber yellow garb continues. I had this brilliantly, bright, yellow, linen fabric and it needed to be turned into something. Pennsic was coming up and I needed something blue, gold/yellow, or silver/white. Enter the new linen and a crazy idea to completely hand sew using period techniques. Where to start looking for the if I’m going to do this I’m going to do this right. Being in the SCA for many years you either know people or know the people who can point you in the right direction. I knew many of the common stitches, but was not very good at finishing seams. I mean they are on the inside, right, who would know. Unraveling, catching on things, and sturdiness are only part of the reason to finish the seams and complete the piece. Flat felling the seams was the answer and I threw myself into how to do this. I talked to people on Facebook groups, looked through YouTube videos, how to sites on the internet, and many period source books. In the end I had completely finished, completely hand sewn a dress to wear with a bit of hemming help (it is hard to pin a hem when its on you).

Sewing the seams

I used a combination or running stitch and back stitch to sew together the seams of this dress.

Running stitch in progress.
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Back stitch on load bearing seam.