abendgules: (knitting)
It's just as well I work in the sticks. I'd never survive the temptation of regular exposure to good shops.

I had 1 day to attend meetings in S. London near Waterloo. Waterloo stn, as every London knitter knows, is dangerously close to I knit London.

And so it came to pass that I entered the shop in search of a single needle, tripped, and fell into their bargain bin, dislodging my wallet in the process.

Tripped & fell into I Knit London

The thick yarn is blue faced leicester roving, 100g. The pink and purple is silk 4ply (actually counted 7plies, but never mind), 100g each. The Addi needles, nuff said.

The DPNs are the smallest I now own, 2mm and 1.5, for trying fine stockings.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] zmiya_san's loan of a yarn winder and a ball winder, I've been skeining and winding a lot of yarn lately.

Here's A jersey project in process my 4kg of yarn now skeined, washed and wound, towards a major jumper project.

Thanks to my recent guest Gwendolyn, I now know how to wind silk successfully - on a toilet roll. Here's a couple I prepared earlier.



Lady Gwen is the EK visitor at DW last year, who did silk weaving, starting with growing the silkworms from scratch. When I first heard about her through Lia's posts and pictures I thought 'that's right off the scale' for craftiness. But Gwendolyn isn't mad...just really, really thorough. :-)

Today is hot for London, around 29 dec C apparently. Glorious, excellent for drying still more skeined and washed yarn.
abendgules: (Cut and thrust)
Pictures of the shiny:

Sorry for the fuzzies - limit of taking pictures one-handed.

View of the coverage of my thumb, and flexibility: I'm making a fist.



When I got them Robert asked if when I closed my hand my thumb could fold over my fingers, or was it stuck out straight. It sits on top of my fingers.


Making a fist around a long sword.


Only drawback I can see is the limit of the bell of the cuff: I can bend back my wrist only so far. So any moulinet is limited to a kind of cone-shaped curve (w. my wrist at the point), not a full circle with my wrist at the centre.

HOWEVER: the customer service was such that I think you could ask for extra-flared cuffs. They seem very amenable to doing custom work.



Will be able to tell you more after Double Wars in May!
abendgules: (ohnoes_omg)
...hate it when that happens.

Ink and Gold: Islamic Calligraphy is already wending its way, courtesy of the online-book-dealers-that-are-not-Amazon.

It's from a Sam Fogg exhibit: Sam Fogg being an exclusive dealers' gallery, where you buzz in to enter, and can browse the displays and fondle the books if you ask. It's like seeing how the other half (well, 1%) live: the neighbourhood is about as exclusive as it gets for shopping in London.

If you have to ask, you can't afford...

ETA: second time in 2 days. Now have 2 different fencing manuals en route.
abendgules: (self-portrait)
Impulse buy: a 'roller' to help ease the ilio-tibial band tightness (outside of my leg from hip to knee), and a couple of novelty balls for training fencers. Good result.

Impulse buy: 20m of natural linen with a blue stripe, eBay. Bought without noticing that it's described as having fire-retardant on one side, suitable for upholstery.

So it's only good for...actually upholstering, rather than everything else I could do with 20m of natural linen with a blue stripe. Sigh.

Work continues, fencing continues, next SCA outing is not strictly SCA but the original reenactor's market this weekend - as much social as for shopping. Looks like a good turnout from our shire expected.

Looking forward to a birthday treat: trip to southern Spain later this month.

After several intense months at work I'm looking forward to a break that, unlike SCA, doesn't require me to plan a class, make new clothing, prepare scrolls, or pack an entire trailer's worth of kit for. What a joy.
abendgules: (typonerd)
Remember I said I ordered new Wolgemut CDs?

Here's the confirmation message. They have my business.

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We all had a wonderful celebration afterwards and the whole party marched down the street to the post office where the entire town of Portland waved "Bon Voyage!" to your package, on its way to you, in our private CD Baby jet on this day, October 21, 2014.

We hope you had a wonderful time shopping at CD Baby. In commemoration, we have placed your picture on our wall as "Customer of the Year." We're all exhausted but can't wait for you to come back to CDBABY.COM!!

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Sigh...
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abendgules: (Haggis)
England has 2 long weekends in May - one of the best innovations in bank holidays ever. It means that English spring and early summer is full of breaks, because Easter rolls back and forth between late March and April, as well as these two long weekends.

(Unfortunately the English have no break from Labour Day to Christmas - they desperately need a Thanksgiving. OTOH, they don't have a glorious fall to enjoy, whereas English springs are very charming.)

This year, the second bank holiday followed the 'tradition' of 3 days of rain.

Robert was away slaying orcs in a field Somewhere in Northamptonshire. He came back muddy to the knees, and very glad of a shower.

On my own, I entertained myself with a weekend of shopping. My shopping goes in fits and starts; I spend weeks without buying anything more exciting than lunch, and then lash out one weekend and replace great chunks of wardrobe or entertainment supplies. This weekend, it was mostly about Stuff to make More Stuff.

  • Saturday: Cornelissens' for the next pack of pergamenata, plus my shop-visit treat of a new bottle of ink and new nibs.

  • Sunday: eBay for yarn suitable for baby projects, for the round of sprogs due between now and August. After a couple of weeks of scouring the intawebs for ethical yarns that are local, well-made and affordable, it's sort of fun to search for the 'junk food' of knitting, cotton-acrylic blends in baby colours. Feels sort of like eating the whole bag of taco chips by myself...

  • Monday: the fabric shop with the scariest, or silliest, looking website on the planet: Fabricland.co.uk

Canadians: this is not your kind of Fabricland. This is a special southern England Fabricland all of its own.

This is the kind of website that makes web professionals like [livejournal.com profile] ingaborg cringe; it breaks all the rules of accessibility, usability, readability. It uses frames, it uses garish colours, it uses crying baby gifs for pete's sake. It shouldn't work.

And yet...I find it compelling, and I'm delighted by how low-tech and totally homemade looking it is. It totally conveys the tone and style of the business. It looks just like the shops feel when you walk in - like a outdoor market stall on the internet, which is appropriate, because that's how the business started (in Reading, not London).

I think it's awesome, and it makes me laugh. It was totally worth the trip to Kingston-upon -Thames.

It's not much help on the medieval fabrics front - the linens are mixed in with all the other suitings; there are no wools to speak of; only a handful of silks. Berwick Street it is not.

But it was a great source of printed cottons, totally wrinkle-proof mystery suiting for another shot at making work clothes, plus some lovely crepe de chine for a dress, for a wedding later this year.

Again, it felt a bit naughty to be buying cotton and synthetics even, after decades of hunting for medieval-compatible fabric. That's me, naughtily buying viscose!... No, I don't go out much, why?

Late in the weekend [livejournal.com profile] m_nivalis dropped by for a visit to test nibs and ask opinions on sweaters and on fitting Birgitta caps.

I'm a confirmed veil wearer so I'm always glad to see and hear of new veil arrangements, though I think by itself, without the covering veil, it wouldn't be that flattering.

Some links about St Birgitta caps she recommended:

Catrijn's dressmaker diaries
Same Catrijn's photos of progress (clearly keen on embroidery!)

Splendidly clear tutorial on making a cap without the embroidery down the seam - this one I have a hope of doing.

Wow this Katafalk lady does beautiful work! Every time I think I'm getting a handle on this sewing thing, I find another Swedish or Finnish medieval dress blog, and realise I'm just a duffer.
abendgules: (knitting)
My first big order from Shetland wool brokers arrived this week, necessitating finding the right post office for picking up oversize packages.

A half-kilo of yarn and half-kilo of unspun stuffing, plus a couple of sample skeins of different 'heritage' yarns don't fit throught he mailslot, no way, no how.

Cue a 'missing Hackney' moment, where our nearest depot was a 5 minute walk; the Hyde depot for NW London is either a treacherous 20 min cycle uphill, or a 5 min bus + 20 min walk, plus n mins standing in line behind people who are waiting anxiously on packages they have to collect before their flights...

The 2ply jumper weight is finer than I thought, but it's spun assuming you're making fair isle sweaters that carry 2 strands at a time, thus doubling the thickness of the sweater.

I'll be using most of it for Elizabethan or Tudor flat fulled hats, following [livejournal.com profile] xrian's pattern, though I may try one in the reverse direction, starting at the brim not the peak. There was a recent weekend session w/ a historic knitter who taught brim-to-peak method, based on MoL collections, and that's Sally Pointer's preference too, and she knits a lot.

These types are fulled, though I'll use the lazy modern method of washing machine and hot dryer rather than recreating the medieval washerwoman with lye-damaged hands, as charming as it sounds.

At the same time I'm browsing for potential yarns for multicolour jumpers that are not all-wool, that are blends that might be more washable. I now have a file on DK, 4ply and sport weight yarns that knit on 3mm needles to 25+ st/inch, that won't break either the planet or the bank.

I'm open to suggestions from knowledgable knitters and fibre folk for favourite yarns for multicolour jumper knitting, either washable or hand-wash only.

I'm fighting the temptation to abandon my current project which is getting dull (1/2 hour per row!) in favour of knitting swatches to test the newly arrived yarn for fulling...must not...must...nottttttt...no more than 2 projects at once, already at maxiumum...m-u-s-t-n-o-t-y-i-e-l-d...
abendgules: (knitting)
...Kaffe Fassett, to be exact.

And just subjected my plastic to three new-to-me books, having slipped in a puddle of internet shopping. Whoops.

Kaffe Fassett has mad mad mad mad designs, that cost the earth if you bought the recommended yarns. They're labours of love. He was huge in the 1980s, when everyone was wearing shoulderpads with everything, and sweaters down to your knees were cool, not a blocking mistake.

I'm hoping to shamelessly use the patterns to make sweaters that I can afford, with yarns I already have (well, at least one).

I blame Ravelry; not only thousands of patterns, but real live evidence that real people make stuff, and love doing it.
abendgules: (prickly)
Last week I went to the opticians - I'd noticed I was stuggling to focus at the MoL and NPG when we've been to exhibits recently, bouncing back and forth between looking through my glasses and peering under them.

I tried a different branch of the opticians this time, b/c the local one was so crap - poor service, clumsy efforts at upselling me at every opportunity.

The verdict: I have a small change in my Rx, and perhaps I'd like to try varifocals.

I waffled, went back to reprice them...and balked. Nearly £320 for two pairs of glasses, or £250 for a single pair, with varifocal lenses and a moderately priced frame.

The 2-for-1 upsell pricing irritates me; for 'only' another £70 you can get a second pair! which suggests that the first pair is not worth £250, but closer to £70...or possibly nowhere near either price, who knows? There's no easy way to see the markup on lenses and frames.

There are certainly specialist materials and skills involved in grinding lenses, but I suspect the process is now all done mechanically - if, as the pricing suggests, it's just as easy to get 2 pairs done at once as one pair, then they're not being ground by hand.

The frames are certainly not created by hand, except perhaps in assembly and fitting.

I cannot see what separates the expensive frame from the cheap ones, other than ugliness, and designer names. Only in a few cases there are extra features like hinges to prevent you from snapping the arms, or special materials like titanium. You can get expensive plastic frames as easily as cheap ones, and just as ugly.

So - buggerem. I walked out. I don't need the Rx change; my close vision is fine, though I had hoped that there would be an option to improve it; my current glasses aren't broken.

Buggerem.

Next step: better lighting for winter crafting and scribing.
abendgules: (Romanesque_Initial)
pity my birthday isn't for months yet.

Tod's Stuff - pen knife

I'm cutting more quills and finding my scalpels aren't quite right anymore. Drool...
abendgules: (penwork E)
...catalogue came this week!

I was thinking of [livejournal.com profile] zmiya_san when I saw the titles

  • Ancient Textiles, Modern Science

  • Textile Production and Consumption in the Ancient Near East

  • Tools Textiles and Context: Textile Production in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean Bronze Age

  • Ancient Textiles: Production Crafts and Society


For myself, or other scribes:

  • The tres riches heures of Jean duc de Berry (£25, down from £65)

  • Choirs of Angels: painting in Italian Choir books 1300-1500 (not quite my thing but some people swing that way)

  • Italian paintings, 1250-1500 (£19.95, was £74)

  • Women Manuscripts and Identity in Northern Europe 1350-1550 (also pricey but sounds fascinating)


And just cause:

Medieval Hunting, on sale

Rites of Passage: Cultures of Transition (ceremonies! with heralds and stuff! whoo-hoo!), also on sale

Conspectus of Scribal Hands Writing Hands 960-1100 (pricey pretty specialist! but I'm so glad someone cares enough to study it)

Click at your own risk!
abendgules: (fierce)
After carefully texting me 3 times to let me know when my delivery would arrive, and confirming a 2 hour window for today, my mattress delivery arrived....3 1/2 hours late.

Delivery window was 7-9am, which I thought was keen if it was coming from Wembley (could be some monster IKEA-zone elsewhere, don't know), because that would take a van straight through north London at rush hour to my door.

Got a call at 8.30am to say sorry, it'll be 1 and a half hours late. HOW late? One and a half hours.

Got another call at just after 10am to say sorry, it'll be 1 and a half hours late.

This time I asked, how is it you're late for a 2 hour delivery window, by more than 2 hours? The guy said sorry, I just got on this truck.

They finally rolled up at 12.30. The delivery guys did not look keen at the prospect of taking my mattress up the stairs to the living room and said they weren't allowed to take it out of the packaging - this apparently meant that they handy handles were inaccessible, making their job harder for them. They damn near left it on the bottom stair, but I asked them nicely to try once more. It made it up the stairs, with only one hole in the middle of the cardboard from the newel post.

I paid £50 for the privilege of staying home today - staying home the whole day, as it turned out - to wait for this.

I'll be writing a letter (audio not entirely safe for work).
abendgules: (prickly)
Does anyone else find IKEA absolutely maddening to shop in?

First of all, every IKEA is in the suburbs. I think this is partly because they appeal to middle class shoppers and partly because they need cheap acreage for their enormous stores. You never find a 'local' IKEA. So every trip has to be planned, and even though they provide public transport directions, it's a tortuous trip every time. I think my last visit was about 2005, and I swore never again.

Last week I decided to go after work to visit IKEA. I need a new mattress, that fits the bed frame I have (landlady found the cheapest available model - neither bedframe or mattress model are still in the IKEA catalogue), and had done all my research online. I wanted to confirm which mattress to buy with a quick lie-down on the instore model before ordering.

TfL says it's 37 mins from my workplace Tube station. Liars. I takes over an hour, because the bus stops that are 'close' to the station nearest IKEA are close only for a given value of 'close'. The roads in this part of N London are in-city highways. One of the stops 'close' to Brent Cross is on the N Circular...that would be for the service that runs 3 times an hour and appears to be a milkrun for schoolkids, grannies and other 'local people'.

The return journey is worse; the bus route that took me there does not have a matching stop on the return route. Nooooo,  the return route stop is on the other side of said North Circular (picture a highway size of Don Valley Parkway, only with stop lights and turning circles where it intersects other major roads). This is a 15 minute walk at least.

Desperate, I hop on the next bus that comes through and end up on a scenic tour of northwest London via Edgware Road, ending at Brondesbury (close to my first flat with Robert) in Kilburn, where I wait for the next Overground. Overground is 3-4 x an hour, and is not as fast as the Tube.

I left work at 6pm, and get home at 9pm, with only 30 mins of that in the store.

Setting aside the location, what I really really hate about shopping at IKEA is the manipulativeness of the store. It is deliberately designed to make it hard to find what you want and get out; the design obliges you to meander through displays regardless of whether that's what you want. The signs point to different areas, but don't tell you how many other displays you have to walk through - the 'maps' are deliberately disingenuous by leaving out the details.

You think you're lost (did I miss them somehow? was the first display the entire display for beds?) but you know you haven't passed what you're looking for, so you have to forge on.

If you knew how far you had to go to find mattresses, for instance, you'd go through the 'exit' direction rather than the entrance, becuse the journey is shorter.

The only other place I find this manipulative layout is in the duty-free shops at Heathrow, where you have to wind around the perfume and booze store to reach the seating in the 'food court'.

All stores aim to distract, tempt and create associations between products based on where they position products, what height they're at, what they're next to. But the inability to find what you want quickly backfires, for me, in an IKEA and I'm irritated enough by it that I'm not cheerfully distracted by displays.

So it takes me about 15 mins of stomping before I reach the display of mattresses for lying on to test. I spend about 10 mins testing, and then another 5 minutes trying to leave the store.

The upshot: got my 10 mins of mattress-testing in, and have ordered it for delivery. And hope never to darken their doorways again.
abendgules: (knitting)
Mostly a reminder for myself...

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEff12/PATTlongitudinal.php


ETA: While 'taking a break' from work, I tripped and fell into an online yarnshop. I could only get out by a donation towards this yarn for the socks...plus another Addi circular needle.

I now have to stop stop STOP surfing other yarnshops, especially their sales pages. No, really, stop now. I mean it...
abendgules: (Mountjoy)
...lazy days with my sweetie, who started the weekend right by asking what I'd like to do on my birthday. Lucky for him I had a list. :-)

- errands (cat food, new contacts from the Specsavers-I'm-never-visiting-again-ever)
- trip to Holborn station to hit Cornelissen's
- return via Patisserie Valerie for lunch, and take-home cake
- go home on bus, because Central line is once more a sweaty sardine tin. Spotted one of the new Boris-buses, on route 38 (Victoria to North London), presumeably a route with high visibility across the tourist centres.
- laze with a book on the sofa
- eat said cake and tea before dinner, just like you're not supposed to
- dinner of curry and poppadums courtesy of sweetie who has mastered poppadums at home. He's awesome.
- continued laziness surfing for new 12th and 13th c manuscript resources, listening to Guy Fawkes firecrackers. The whole of October and November is blighted by firecrackers, but on the weekend closest to Nov 5th I'll forgive.

Tomorrow: scribing, running, more scribing. Can't wait.
abendgules: (editor)
Ben Hur on TV, while spring-cleaning and trying to put a dent in the UnFinished Objects pile - particularly those promised to other people.

Excellent success on the shoping front - [livejournal.com profile] goncalves 's doublet will, someday, be too sexy for him, in the wool that Lady Anne and I found. It's a rare quality. And we found brillant tawny wool for gowns, suitable for waiting on early-Tudor royalty.  The new Queen's Servants is brilliant - highly recommended for those interested in late 15th and early 16th c clothing.

I have clever plans afoot for reducing, reusing and recycling an existing undergown into a kirtle for early Tudor use. Will see if it comes to fruition.

And, of course, I've been sick on the holidays. Never fails - stress + event = sick.
abendgules: (womaninmotion)
Again, scrolling through Ed Yong's 'missing links' and he's pointed to a terrific article in the NYT called 'How companies learn your secrets'.

It's about marketing data, how and why we form habits, and how (large) companies are using your purchasing records to guess when you will change your habits and develop new ones - in this case, when you find out you're pregant.

There's also a sizeable discussion about forming, and reforming habits, learned from behavioural psych.

It's sad that most of this research is currently going into figuring out how to make us buy more products we don't need, rather than helping us make more significant decisions - forming healthier habits, challenge our kneejerk reactions that hurt us or others.

It says a lot about 'free will' - that we're not nearly as free as we think we are, and much more governed by internal habits than we care to think.

Anyway - I think the habit-forming discussion would be of interest to [livejournal.com profile] larmer and [livejournal.com profile] kes_zone - two of the most habit-forming people I know. :-)
abendgules: (hot choc comfort)
There's been a 'cold weather alert' on this week - which our agency is reflecting with updates pointing to the Met Office.

Apparently there's a notable increase in 'excess deaths' in winter in this country, that doesn't occur to the same degree in colder Scandinavian countries.  It bascially boils down to old people and poor people living in old and drafty houses; some folks still live in houses without insulation, double glazing or effective heating systems. So they're actually more exposed to conditions that tax their bodies than in climates where people have figured out how to build and insulate homes.

With that in mind I'm thinking about this pattern - is this cool or what? Socks with a heel built for re-knitting!

Knitted with this yarn - a have a wool-avoiding friend that I had in mind for socks this winter. I've just taken delivery on six skeins, and am debating which ones become socks and which ones become baby clothes for fertile friends.

Worryingly, I also picked up a printed catalogue from Cornelissens at my last flying visit - now I know all the names of the madly obscure and specific art supplies that I didn't previously know I needed. Ox gall, anyone? Tracing-down paper (to avoid having to make my own with red bole and layout paper)? Sealer for silver leaf, to prevent tarnishing? Teh shiny is getting to me again...

Ok, illumination isn't exactly seaonal, but I do tend towards even more crafty stuff, when I don't want to go outside.

We're braving the cold to Mynydd Gwyn this weekend for the last revel of the season. Hoping to see lots of folk there for fencing, dancing and food.




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Lovely Indian-summerish weekend in Thamesreach.
Started with shopping in Shepherd's Bush, meeting Dragana, a recent arrival to Thamesreach from the fair lands of Avacal, An Tir. Despite Tube 'planned engineering works', the biggest hassle was the football fans congregating at the station - fortunately less of an issue on the return trip.
As often happens, I didn't come home with what I planned to buy, but still managed to spend money on fabric - a beautiful light herringbone linen in a madder-orange-red, and an astonishing silver-and-blue diamond woven silk, which I think will make stunning trim on anything cool-coloured - white, blue, black. I bought the rest of the bolt. Dragana found a gorgeous burgundy wool which, if I didn't already have in spades, I'd consider buying myself. 
Happily, one of the favoured run of fabric shops now stocks haberdashery, which is a first - usually fabric and notions are separate in this corner of London.
We also stopped at the firetrap, to buy me some towels.
At my favourite shop, we found out that the properties along Goldhawk Road are being 'redeveloped' - the shop management is not keen on it. I found the relevant planning document on the Hammersmith and Fulham council website, which says (emphasis mine):
 

It is proposed that properties at 30-52 Goldhawk Road should be included in the development area. These are of poor visual quality and of a scale that is no longer appropriate for this part of the Goldhawk Road townscape. It is also important to include the frontage so that better access to the market and central part of the site can be provided, better connecting the regeneration area with Goldhawk Road. There should be opportunities to re-locate these businesses within the main development on suitable terms
 

Talk about being damned with faint praise - 'poor visual quality'?? Why not just say, 'ugly'?
But frankly, if you think Classic Textiles is ugly, you haven't looked at the rest of the market frontages. This is not Knightsbridge, for pete's sake.
Seems their resistance may be overruled - most recent chance to comment closed on 11th Oct.

Back home Robert was being clever with metal bits (photos to follow eventually), and we found a weekend-long Star Trek moviethon to pass the afternoon, puttering on our respective projects. HIGNFY has started a new season, but was slow to warm up

I've finally finished a couple of knitting projects enough to block them (one is still drying); stitching up is next.

Sunday was a lovely day, and I took a risk and headed to London Archers' range at Kensington Palace. Unfortunately, the club seems a bit shaky on communications - they're not very good at letting people know when outdoor shooting is on through the autumn and winter. It's usually on, unless it's off, sort of thing. It was so beautiful out, though, I felt safe taking the trip to find out.

Sure enough - sunshine, not a breath of wind, intermittent cloud. Spectacular for long-distance shooting, and I spent a very happy hour or so trying out Dad's bow. It's longer than mine, and is marked 38 on the handle, which is probably 38lbs at 28" (archery equipment uses a mix of Imperial and metric measurements, depending on what it's for). I very carefully strung it (don't know when it was last strung!) and took it for a spin.

Wow. I don't have a huge dataset for longbows, but this one is beautifully smooth to draw; the extra length means the sharp increase in draw weight towards the end of the draw doesn't happen to me. It's probaly lighter than my own (couldn't carry both to the range) but it was a joy to shoot.




Results at the other end, at 30m (see that outlier? I blame the arrow. Look at the rest of the group, it's near-perfect!).





While I didn't shoot for long (don't want to strain me or the bow)...it was one of those days when I feel centred and All There while shooting - fully in my body, in the experience of shooting, and have just a glimpse of what Buddist monks hanker after by taking up archery - moments of perfect stillness untroubled by anything outside the moment. 

I beamed all the way home, wrestling with the very long carrying tube on the Central line, and then on the bus - it's too long to stand upright on the Tube. It blocks traffic one way or another.

Afternoon and evening were quiet - laundering assorted fabrics and projects, more knitting, dinner with Robert, still more knitting while watching the new ITV 'Upstairs, downstairs' drama thingy, Downton Abbey. Beautifully made, and Maggie Smith is excellent. I love Edwardian fashions. I see ITV now has an online catchup player as well.
abendgules: (brocade)
 As the autumn nights draw in, my heart turns to sewing projects pile artfully scattered around our warming combi-boi flagstone hearth.

If you, like me, enjoy a seasonal fossick in Shepherd's Bush's fabric stores, I'm headed there this Saturday, 16th October, starting from Shepherd's Bush (Central line) station at 11am.

Shepherd's Bush Market is a gold mine of fabric shops good for the SCA clothier. I can show you our old favourites, and maybe you'll find a bargain remnant.

These are not chain stores, so a small amount of haggling is tolerated well; they're always glad to see me!

Expect prices from £4-8/m on linen, and mostly £6/m plus on wool, but can plummet to £2/m on occasion. Silk is in abundance too! but I can't tell you off the top what to expect in prices. Cash machines nearby, but all shops now take plastic.

If you'd like a guided tour of our these fabric treasure houses, please drop me a line and let me know to expect you. I'll meet you outside the barriers at Shepherd's Bush. Wear comfy walking shoes, and charge your phones.

Spectators welcome - if you're not certain what you want, or just enjoy the vicarious pleasure of watching other people stretch their credit, you're most welcome.

Warning WARNING Warning!
Much of the transport network is offline this weekend, esp Central, H&C, Overground, and bits and pieces elsewhere. Please CHECK your route!
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/livetravelnews/realtime/track.aspx?offset=weekend

Our fabric shop rundown, on the Thamesreach website - scroll down to 'fabric':
http://thamesreach.org/visitors-info/shopping/

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