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Red Open Hood by sidneyeileen
Red Open Hood

It is made from 100% linen fabric, with a linen embroidered scrolling vine pattern, mostly in chain stitch, and it is entirely hand stitched with linen thread.  The main seam down the center of the hood is embroidered with fishbone stitch, also using linen thread.

The functional purpose of this hood is to shield me from sunburn at events in the Las Vegas desert where I live.  To that end it is made from medium weight linen, open style for better air flow, and has a much longer skirt than is typically seen in period illuminations of open hoods.  The scrolling vine is loosely inspired by the acanthus vine embroidery found in the Mammen grave goods.

For larger photos, additional details, and wip, please visit my blog at…

Embroidered Scissor Case by sidneyeileen
Embroidered Scissor Case

This is an embroidered scissor case, so I will have something pretty to hold my embroidery snips when I’m at reenactment events.

It is embroidered with perle cotton and six-strand DMC cotton floss, on a cotton canvas base.  Embroidery stitches used are stem stitch, wrapped stem stitch, chain stitch, Bayous Tapestry style couching, and padded satin stitch.  The lining is leather.  The seams are edged with lucet braid in perle cotton that is whip stitched in place using the same perle cotton.  The tassels are made with a different color of the perle cotton, wrapped with the same perle cotton as the lucet braid.

This was my first time trying to make tassels, and they were far easier and more fun to make than I was expecting.  Those four tassels consumed an entire skein of perle cotton.

Overall, not a bad ending to a project I started back in 2008 or so.

For more photos of different views and other details on this project and WIP images, please visit my web site at…

Blackwork Embroidered Forehead Cloth by sidneyeileen
Blackwork Embroidered Forehead Cloth
Flat silk embroidery floss on linen fabric.
Hand sewn with linen thread.
Embroidery pattern is my own creation, inspired by multiple period examples.

This is a late 1500's English style, freehand embroidered, blackwork forehead cloth.  It will be worn with Elizabethan Renaissance garb.

For lots of photos, details, views of the underside of the embroidery, research, thoughts, process, and musings, please visit my web site at…
Two Strand Copper Wire Circlet by sidneyeileen
Two Strand Copper Wire Circlet
This is the second circlet I made for Diana as a surprise. Having learned about the coating for the first attempt, I sanded the wire first with sandpaper. I will need to pick up some steel wool to make the job easier on future items. Anyway, it's two twisted wires, lightly cold tempered with a chasing hammer and jewelry anvil. I still didn't manage to get the loops at the ends to look the same, but overall I am also happy with this attempt. Now Diana and I have circlets we can wear with our veils if we don't want to bother with pins.
3-Strand Copper Wire Circlet by sidneyeileen
3-Strand Copper Wire Circlet
So, I tried my hand at bent wire circlets as a surprise for Diana a couple days ago. This is my first attempt, three strands of braided copper wire, lightly beaten with a chasing hammer on a jewellers anvil to slightly temper the wire and set the loops at the back. I didn't realize until after it was finished that the wire has a clear plastic(?) coating on it, which is now flaking and seems impossible to cleanly remove, making the color splotchy. Still, I'm very happy with it as a first attempt.


Sidney Eileen
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I am an artist, seamstress, and craftswoman, specializing in realistic artwork, minimalist animals, Celtic knotwork, and bespoke corsetry and costuming. I am mostly self-taught, having developed my skills over years of passionate practice. I love sharing knowledge, and to that end I maintain an informative blog, periodically publish free tutorials, and teach workshops.

Starting Long-Term Antibiotics

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 6, 2013, 1:31 PM

Starting Long-Term Antibiotics
This morning at 6:30 am, I took my first dose of antibiotics. It will be the first of three today. If all goes well, I will continue to take them on a schedule overseen by my doctor for the next six months. I will be taking monthly blood tests to ensure that the antibiotics themselves don't result in complications. Hopefully the anaplasma infection will be cleared up within that six months, and we won't need to extend the duration of the antibiotics.

So, herx reactions... Well, so far I'm in a damned good mood, and feeling mostly normal. I do have a cough now, and my nose is running a bit. I've also has a weird ringing and pressure in my left ear a couple times that threw my balance momentarily. I suppose just not enough of the buggers have died yet for me to be feeling it much. I'm sure that will change.

Oh, and as for side benefits, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I won't have acne for the next several months.

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ImaginedGlass Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
Enjoy  a very Happy Birthday!
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.  :aww:
samosvulter Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
♪HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! ♫♪ bunneh icon4 
🎁And BEST wishes~☆彡 :happy-wave: 
Hope you have a good time celebrate it~~:iconcelebration1plz::iconcelebration2plz:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.  :aww:
mintmocha15 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a great day and may all your wishes come true! :)
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.  :aww:
laranity Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
I just stumbled across your account as I was searching for some inspiration in corsetry, which I've been interested in many years. This year I've decided to build my own, and you are a true inspiration. Thank you for your step by steps, they are a world of help! And happy birthday :)
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, and I'm glad you found my tutorials helpful.  I have more posted to my website than I do here.  I also strongly recommend checking out Lucy Corsetry's website for a lot of very helpful information.
holymacro Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Hello beautiful!!!!Happy Birthday!!!May you have a awesome day and many more!!!God bless!Hugs!  Glen:icontoyhorseplz:  :iconrainbowbummiecakeplz::iconrainbowbummiecakeplz::iconrainbowbummiecakeplz::happybounce::happybounce: :happybounce:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.  :aww:
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