Tutorials & Handcraft

Elven Crown made from Wire & Fimo Leather

I always had an idea for a more fantastic styling for the Fortuny Delphos dresses. Like a queen in a fairytale. Originally I only made the golden Delphos dress and bought Ravenna's crown (Snow White and the Huntsman) for it. But then I did the purple Delphos dress and it obviously was the evil queen, [...]

Fortuny Delphos – or “How to Pleat by Hand”

Everything started with a murder mystery dinner set in the 20s. I didn't have much time, so I took my Taschen edition of Fashion (Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute) and started leafing through it. The flapper dresses with thousands of pearls were beautiful, but nothing I could pull of on such short notice. And [...]

Dice Bags Gondor & 40k Tau and Necron

And some more of my favourite present: (Hand-) Embroidered dice bags for the gaming nerd. ;) The silver embroidery is the coat of arms of Gondor from Lord of the Rings. I even embroidered the seven stars, which are usually only for the king or ruler (so Aragorn, Boromir, Faramir, etc.). Unfortunately the silver thread [...]

By |2019-06-02T21:56:12+02:00June 2nd, 2019|Tutorials & Handcraft|0 Comments

Starcraft 2 Zerg Tshirt

Ok, this is not really historical tailoring, but I painted a Starcraft 2 Zerg tshirt as a Christmas present. And since it is the first round of the Starcraft 2 World Championship this weekend, I thought I would post it anyway. And it was even a Zerg player that won this tournament. If a Protoss [...]

By |2021-07-19T11:27:48+02:00January 28th, 2018|Tutorials & Handcraft, Tutorials & Handcraft|0 Comments

Braiding techniques: Fingerloop braiding & Kumihimo

Beforehand: This is not a detailed tutorial for fingerloop braiding or Kumihimo. You can find a lot of them for free in the internet. I will write about the pros and cons of each technique. I use lacing as a closure for my clothes quite often. And there are only rather modern versions in the [...]

By |2019-12-03T22:55:29+01:00July 10th, 2016|Tutorials & Handcraft|0 Comments

The Fourth Doctor’s Victorian Shirt – Part 1

Some time ago I started to watch the old Doctor Who Classic series. The Doctor always had a fascinating fashion sense. And then I meet the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker, with the long scarf ;)) for the first time. He wears a mixture of Victorian and Steampunk clothes and they are even suitable for everyday [...]

Small camp equipment

Yesterday I bought a complete used medieval(-ish) market or camp equipment. While I was tidying up everything I also tested my potential small market equipment. That is two benches and one table (ca. 150cm long), a shelf and the chests for storage. I'm also thinking about using the bow stand in the background as a [...]

By |2016-10-19T23:06:28+02:00February 21st, 2016|Fairs & Exhibitions, Tutorials & Handcraft|0 Comments

Authentic late medieval dress and undergarment

Last summer I got an introduction to (more or less) authentic medieval tailoring. And during the christmas holidays I had some time to start the first project: A simple late medieval (late 14th century) dress and undergarment. I have been mostly ill the last weeks (two colds in a row...) so it all took quite some [...]

Old Crafts: Spinning yarn by hand

Two weeks ago on Saturday I attended a course for spinning yarn by hand. This means spinning and twisting threads from animal or plant fibers. The course instructor does not only know how to spin yarn, but she also knows a lot of other traditional handicraft. There's working with cloth and leather as well as [...]

WIP: Lady Loki’s Diadem

Some time ago I posted the dress for the Lady Loki cosplay. This weekend I made the diadem. After I tried mould powder and resin for Artemisia's armour, Loki's headdress was a good opportunity to try another new material. In theater and cosplay thermoplastic materials are used for example for armour, crowns or jewellry. Basically [...]

WIP: Spikes for Artemisia

Onward with Artemisia's armour. Mostly it consists of spikes and claws. But we all know that a proper villain can't have to many spikes for decoration. I looked for materials in our handicraft store. Actually Fimo (a kind of thermoplastic clay) would have been the best choice since it's rather flexible when dried. But no one [...]