Author Archives: Craft (Alchemy)

About Craft (Alchemy)

I make things and make things up.

Beauty, etc.

Several years ago, Wizards of the Coast released shiny new corrected editions of the core Dungeons & Dragons sourcebooks. This prompted the GM of my weekly D&D group to, having bought the new copies, generously pass his old 2003 copies … Continue reading

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Travelling sock bag

I mentioned in my 2015 roundup post that I’d been experimenting with sock-making using the ancient technique called naalbinding. I’ve done three test socks and am nearly finished with my first pair of real socks, which is very exciting. Before … Continue reading

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Tales out of Anchor

The preceding three costume posts were all for the same game, Tales out of Anchor Event 2, held at YHA Langdale in the first week of February. Here you see the finished outfit. My entire character, never mind the outfit, started with the tailcoat, which … Continue reading

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A fancy waistcoat

I made this for Tales out of Anchor, an indoor LARP for which the kit brief is approximately Regency with touches of 1930s China. Other pieces in the same costume: frilly shirt, knee breeches. * This is the Harlots & Angels … Continue reading

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Knee breeches

I made these for Tales out of Anchor, an indoor LARP for which the kit brief is approximately Regency with touches of 1930s China. For the same costume: frilly shirt. * The ultimate ancestor of this pattern is the Sewaholic … Continue reading

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A frilly shirt

Every LARPer should own one! I made this for Tales out of Anchor, an indoor LARP for which the kit brief is approximately Regency with touches of 1930s China. Links to other kit pieces for this event to go here … Continue reading

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Top 5s of 2015

‘Tis the season! Tis the season for the annual sewing roundup hosted by Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow. Reflections I haven’t sewn as much this year as last year, and I’ve blogged much less. Some of this is for good … Continue reading

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I don’t have a cravat problem. You have a cravat problem.

(Your problem is not enough cravats.) Red! Grey! White! Purple silk dupion! Black and blue! Red with dragon! Yeah, I went a little overboard with the cravats. Turns out I really like how they look on me. The red, grey, … Continue reading

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Cravatting

Long time no blog! September/October’s always mad busy at work, also the light is going and the Elf is a reluctant photographer. There are things in the to-blog queue, but hey! I made a cravat! I did buy a pattern … Continue reading

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“The present content of the window appeared to be worryingly metaphorical …”

“At the top, worked into the rose window itself, was the familiar banded face of Haldora […] Then, taking up most of the height of the window, was a toweringly impressive cathedral, a teetering assemblage of pennanted spires and buttresses, … Continue reading

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