Friday, April 26, 2013

Odds and Ends

Just doing a quick catch-up post since I haven't had a chance to do any sewing since my move to Virginia.  I am now one week into my new job at the Colonial Williamsburg Costume Design Center, and I have a few observations:

1.  I don't know how I got along without a thimble for hand sewing all these years.

2.  I really enjoy darning.  Did not see that coming.  :p

3.  Beeswax is pretty much the best thing ever.  Again, not sure how I ever got along without it.

Now, although my sewing stuff is still mostly packed up, I have a couple of new acquisitions to share...

New Duchies!  
My newest pair of American Duchess Pemberley shoes actually arrived at my new place in Virginia a day before I did!  It was one less thing I had to pack.  :p  I also got new stockings and 10 pairs of shoe clips!  I have lots of fun plans for Regency shoe decorations.  :)  (The beaded clips in the picture were already mine.  I got them with a pair of dyed navy blue heels at a garage sale a few years ago.)

Aaaaaaaand an ugly hat.  :p  
Apparently I've exposed Brian the Engineer to enough historical costuming, because when I showed him this hat in Walmart he knew exactly why I wanted it and what I was planning to do with it.  It's Regency bonnet time!  I need a bonnet for the Regency Spring Picnic next weekend.  I just need to figure out what fabric I want to use for the crown.  My dress is blue, but I don't necessarily want a blue hat.  Hmmm...  I shall ponder on that.


  1. You're working at Colonial Williamsburg?!? I'm so jealous! :) Your new shoes are adorable as well!

    Just a quick question. When you wax your thread, does the beeswax get on the fabric at all? We have bees, so we have quite a lot of beeswax on hand. I've never tried waxing the thread though.


    1. I have not found beeswax to leave any sort of residue on the fabric. However, you can run your thread between your thumb and fingers after waxing to help set the wax into the fibers, or iron it between two sheets of paper to remove excess wax. I found these tips and more here:

    2. Thanks! I'll have to try it then. :)

    3. I should note that when I'm using white or pastel thread I switch to Thread Heaven to avoid discoloration from the beeswax.