Next, I have a little costuming squee to share. I technically didn't make any of this, although I hunted it all down and
Extra points to the first person to correctly identify that. DH, you don't count. If you need help, here's a closeup. Now, that's only *part* of the costume. The rest is a secret and will be revealed in due time (but may have you humming They Might be Giants songs!). Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!
So what else...? Here are some bits and bobs I've been playing with since finishing the mill/while avoiding the kirtle waist seam issue (astute readers will note that that is not the kirtle on the dress form there. Sigh.).
Well... I've been playing with the Caravaggio embroidery. This is the equivalent of a sketchbook--threads flung together more or less at random, so excuse the messiness (plus I'm discovering that apparently I'm incapable of taking a photograph that isn't crooked). I'm happy with the gold, but still figuring out exactly where to work in the black. But it's coming along, finally, for the first time since I decided on this back in 2009!
Linen samples arrived in the mail today (thanks, Sandi!), so I'm a couple of partial steps closer to making some decisions. Whatever. I think that made sense to me, anyway!
I've also been playing with some beadwork! I've done beading on needlework before, but this is my first beading for costume. Very exciting! It's 4 mm pearls and little gold filigree beads of some kind. This is for something to go with the purple kirtle, not the costume displayed earlier in this post. Just to clear that up.
Oh, and also, it's finally (finally, finally, finally) summer here--for this week, at any rate, so I'm going to peel myself away from this computer and go soak up some of this 90-degree heat and sunshine, like a plump little gecko.