Happy Jen

Such a wonderful day

I had a great Crown.  Had wonderful friends around me, had my loving man fighting for me, and had a dear friend recieve much deserved recognition....Congrats Gen!

The dress turned out perfect.  Would not change a thing on it.

Quick picture...More to come..the other side is blue...pin on sleeves...

He has good colors....

Was a fabulous day.  Truely enjoyed it.  Now...what to work on next......

Happy Jen

Current status on A&S Challenge list

  1. Orange and Brown Pair of Bodies (first time experimenting with new pattern and new boning materials) completed February 2008 – Displayed at Kingdom A&S March 2010
  2. Green Wool Ensemble (first time working in Wool)  completed February 2008 – Displayed at Kingdom A&S March 2010
  3. Sleeves for 14th century cotehardie (first accessories for cotehardie) completed June 2008
  4. Viking Apron Dress (first Viking dress) – completed September 2008
  5. Burgundy Skirt (Using a different technique in cartridge pleating as well as new seam stitching) Completed January 2009
  6. Elizabethan 16th century Jacket (new garment – never tried)  completed April 2010
  7. Bochsten Tunic for Brandon (new garment – never tried) completed May 2009
  8. Jupon for Syr Christian Darmody (new garment – never tried)  completed July 2009
  9. Mustard (from 14th -15th century recipe) (new technique and several different variations of recipe – never tried) completed September 2010 Displayed at Lochmere Baronial Birthday, won Novice Baronesses Choice
  10. Custard Tart (from 15th century recipe)  (new recipe – never tried) completed September 2010 made for feast at Lochmere Baronial Birthday 
  11. Tarte of Strawberries (new recipe – never tried) Completed September 2010 made for feast at Lochmere Baronial Birthday
  12. Hypocras (for grounds to use in mustard recipes) (new recipe, new technique – never tried) – Used for Mustards at Lochmere Baronial Birthday (September 2010)
  13. Hand sewn Viking coif (new garment) – completed February 2010
  14. Viking Coat (Kaftan) – completed February 2010
  15. Child’s cloak for Brandon (new garment – never tried) completed November 2009
  16. 15th century V neck gown for Tournament of the Lily (new garment – never tried) completed November 2009, entire ensemble won 3rd place overall at Lochmere Baronial Birthday September 2010
  17. Fur trim on V Neck gown (new material and method – never tried) completed November 2009 – Displayed at Kingdom A&S March 2010
  18. 15th century Hennin hat (new garment and method – never tried) completed November 2009 – Displayed at Kingdom A&S March 2010
  19. Belt (new accessory and material – leather – never tried either) completed November 2009 – Displayed at Kingdom A&S March 2010
  20. Casting Household Badges (new textile and skill) - TBD 2011
  21. Knitted garters (new textile and skill)
  22. Manchet or period bread (November 2010)
  23. Other period recipe (November 2010)
  24. Apple Fritters
  25. Elizabethan shirt  (new garment)  TBD – 2011
  26. Elizabethan linen shirt for young boy – TBD 2011
  27. Elizabethan embroidered coif – (new technique – blackwork) TBD – currently working on
  28. Elizabethan Dutch Coat – (new garment) – TBD 2011
  29. Elizabethan loose gown – TBD 2011
  30. Petticoat Bodies – TBD 2011
  31. Flat Cap (using felted wool – new material technique) TBD 2011
  32. Tall Cap (new garment) – TBD 2011
  33. Wrapped buttons – (new to me technique) TBD 2011
  34. Knitted bag – (new accessory – never tried) - TBD
  35. Knitted cap – (new form of garment – never tried) - TBD
  36. Men’s embroidered night cap – (new garment – never tried) - TBD
  37. Cheese (September 2011)
  38. Personal silk banner (new technique, new item – never tried)  (April 2011)
  39. G63 for Syr Christian Darmody (new garment – never tried)  (January 2011) 
Still need about 12 more things to add to my list to be accomplished before 2015 (I think), so please send me any suggestions of new recipes or garments (techniques or skills) you think would be fun....I'm up for anything!
Happy Jen

Also posted on LaRouxProjects

For those linked to my La Roux Projects Livejournal, sorry about the duplicate post.

This weekend was the Lochmere Baronial Birthday and Investiture.  The theme was 15th century France.  In  response to the A&S challenge, I entered my 15th century gown and headdress and won third place.  Not going to put that one on display anymore.  The documentation is here within these walls.  However, in the novice compeititon/Baronesses choice, I tried my hand at period recipe mustards.  Had a great time with that and won that competition.   

So, in an effort to document what I am doing, here is the documentation for the display.  I got great feedback.  Thanks to everyone who put their tastebuds on the line to try them...

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Please provide me feedback or suggestions since I thinking on making this a class.  Livejounral is having insert issues with the link, but at least it's up for now...
Happy Jen

Community Sewing Day - WIN!

So I let my mania take over a few months back and thought, wouldn't it be a great time to have the sewers of the community come together and gather in a day of sewing excellence.  This is a common idea, but one of the big problems is...space....

Well, in my mind it grew.  Hence Community Sewing Day was born.  My concept was "wouldn't it be great to have many sewers at different levels come together and benefit from extra hands, eyes, ears, and knowledge".  However, I wanted some larger.  Something where space wasn't an issue when you needed to spread out to be productive.  Originally I had introduced the idea just to the Barony, but since this was a new concept to take it to a larger group outside of someone's home, I wanted to take the risk on myself to see if it would be successful.

IT WAS!  I found a perfect hall for a first year run.  It was central to the state and the Barony, kitchen, parking, and tons of tables.  However, then I decided...wouldn't it be great to open it up to others as well.  So I engaged all the mediums of advertisement, Facebook, Emails, Livejournal, and Barony / Household email distributions to get the word out (see previous Livejournal listing for details).

I am so pleased with the outcome and feel like everyone really got something out of it.  We ended up with 26 members from 4 different Baronies and Households.  The hall allowed everyone to have their very own open workstation (brought their own tools), 3 ironing stations, a large cutting station, and a stage which allowed for assistance with hemming (thought the people who started doing it were quite clever).  We had beginner show up to just watch and learn more about what it takes to make a garment.   My fabulous Laurel, Mistress Isobel thought of the idea of bringing some patterns (not purchased ones) so people could expand their horizon (and wardrobe).  So I brought mine as well (again, not the purchased ones).  That turned out to be a great success and really had people engaged in future projects. 

We had 15th century beginners watching viking age experienced sewers...and then making an apron dress.  We had people who normally go early period not only asking questions about 16th century clothing and embrodiery, but then copying patterns (again, not purchased ones) to start widening their wardrobe. 

I was so happy to see people helping others...engaging, learning, assisting.

At one point, I looked up and was so pleased with the little workshop we had going I had to take pictures...They will be up tomorrow.

I provided a lunch and drinks, and lots of people brought some potluck to share. 

Again, I was so pleased that people were honestly productive, enthusiastic, and helpfulto their fellow garment makers.  The day started at 10am and lasted until 4pm...and let me tell you if I didn't have to pull the plug at 3:30, people would have been sewing well into the night. 

Thanks to everyone who helped me make my mania a reality and who supported my venture.  It was probably successful because it was right before Pennsic, but several individuals asked me when the next one was. 

So all in all, a definate WIN!
Happy Jen

Community Sewing Day - Come one, come all!

I have been promoting this through other avenues, but thought it would be a good idea to throw it on here as well.  Converge on creative minds....Come one, come all....


This day is a day for members of the Barony (and beyond) to converge on one central spot to the Barony and work on sewing projects. Pennsic is coming up and this is a perfect time to get ready. This day will allow for dedicated time for you to work on things, as well as have a second pair of eyes, ears, and/or HANDS to help you with your stuff. Motivation is also better in packs.  This is also a great time for beginners to watch others work on projects, ask questions, and maybe learn a new aspects of new garments.

Date: Sunday July 11th from 10am to 4pm

This is the site:


The central location to the Barony will hopefully encourage many to participate. However, even those outside the Barony are encouraged to bring your talents and projects to play with. It is a kid friendly day, and I am planning on setting off a side of the room for the children to have their own thing. Bring stuff for your kids to play with.

Bring your needles and thread, machines (and extension cords), fabric, patterns, and sewing stuff...or anything else you need to work on your projects. Lots of room to spread out.

Please contact me if you have any questions. If you feel inclined, email me offline at
Jenybobeny AT yahoo com
and let me know you are coming. I would like to bring snacks and drinks, and knowing how many people are going to be there would help.



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Well, finally on the other side of Ymir.

It didn't turn out the way planned, but the group that gathered under the name Camp ALAC had a wonderful time never the less.  no one bailed.  As a matter of fact we had a rip ROARing good time Friday night blowing off some serious steam from being snow bound for so long.

The benches were a hit...I love them so much.  See previous post for pictures.  The underdress and Viking Coat I completed were wonderful and comfortable.  Once again, there is nothing like wearing CLOTHING...not COSTUMES.  I love when my stuff turns out functional. 

Syr Christian's squiring of Vlad and Countess Aryanna's proteging of Mebd went swimmingly.  They really are wonderful people.  I wasn't able to see much of the heavy fighting because the fabulous Baroness Bess bailed me out in my time of need and switched shifts with me...actually I am not sure who I switched shifts with.  So I was retaining from 2-4:30, during which time I got to watch my beloved and long missed rapier.  I got to see some friends I had not seen in while including my wonderful Laurel and the Bobness. 

4:30, I ran back to the cabin to finsh hemming the viking tunic for Christian and get ready for court.  Managed to do a bit of knitting during court (for my 50's stash) and thoroughly enjoyed feast, although was so stuffed I could only cram a few of the Valentine's Day  sugar cookies I had done for the cabin, into my mouth before wimping out of dancing and bardic for the comfort of my VERY HIGH bunkbed.

Got an early start and packed up the car with my roadmates, and enjoyed a couple of stops on the way home for yummies and such.

My house is a disaster, but I am home and happy.  

Pictures to follow on this page as well as my projects page.
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