On my way back Into SFO I stopped by the rotating exhibit in the International Terminal to look at some fabulous lace. I missed 2 BART trains after a long flight, but it was worth it.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Another post in my series on costuming for the Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild Bal di Carnivale.
Last year I read The Dreamstress's post on "Marmottes and the Savoyarde Style", which said "In the 17th & 18th century peasants from the alpine region of Savoy would train marmots and dance with them as street entertainment." and had some fabulous research on both peasants and noble women dressed in the savoyarde style.
|Savoy peasants from Petits métiers, cris de Paris|
(Street vendors of Paris), Claude-Louis Desrais (1746-1816)
|yellow-bellied Marmot from Wikipedia|
As soon as the event was announced for the GBACG Bal di Carnivale (tickets still available!) I knew I wanted to dress as a Marmotte. But I also knew it was a swanky event and I didn't want to be a peasant. Fortunately Leimomi had a couple paintings of Nobility dressed as marmottes, including one with the actual props of a hurdy-gurdy-playing peasant.
|Countess Christina Margareta Törnflycht Augusta, Countess Wrede-Sparre of Sundby (1714-1780) dressed as a marmotte, 1739, Gustaf Lundberg, sold at auction via The Dreamstress|
|Marie-Josèphe of Saxony in the Savoyarde style, 1750-51, Jean-Marc Nattier. Palace of Versailles. via The Dreamstress|
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I recently came across a fabulous informational blog, Regency Redingote. Written by a former curator, it has fantastic in-depth articles on many facets of English Regency life. One post was on Acrostic jewelry, a type of sentimental jewelry where the first letter of a gemstone name is used to spell a word. This type of jewelry became popular in the early 1800s and continued to be made throughout the century.
R - Ruby
E - Emerald
G - Garnet
A - Amythest
R - Ruby
D - Diamond
Common English acrostics are REGARD, DEAREST, ADORE and LOVE. Acrostics were popular in France as well. Napolean commissioned acrostic bracelets for his family commemorating at least one of his conquests.
Check my Pinterest Board on Sentimental Jewelry for more.
|Acrostic ring REGARD|
To make my acrostic jewelry I used glass flat-back rhinestones (4mm) and modern metal findings. It was difficult to find round settings with 6 places, so I was limited to spelling Dearest for round settings. I also tried a couple of straight line settings glued to plain bands.
|Acrostic jewelry making supplies|
|Rhinestones spelling DEAREST lined up and ready to glue|
|DEAREST - Diamond, Emerald, Amythest, Ruby, Emerald, Saphire, Turquoise|
|Adjustable ring back glued on|
|DEAREST in prong setting with Topaz instead of Turquoise|
|Selection of acrostic jewelry|
From left to right: DEAREST, REGARD, LOVE, and DEAREST