Studio Production- Dad's carepackage
Lots has been happening in the studio these past months. I've had some time off to immerse myself again and I'd like to share some progress that I'm proud of.
Dad's birthday care package was a great deal of fun. I had long decided that it would be civil war themed and after seeing some obvious jealousy over brother Brian's red linen shirt I knew what had to be done.
I had to make him one.
So, confederate grey linen was chosen and I hand stitched everything. My first ever hand stitched piece of clothing and I think only a few people can really appreciate the effort in detail. I can confidently label myself a "stitch-counter", a term used for re-enactors that have a high standard of authenticity some may call excessive. :-)
The package contained:
1 hand stitched, civil-war period shirt
1 pair hand knitted socks
1 hand written, civil-war period letter
several boxes of matches
1 slate board and graphite
Wrapped with tea and coffee stained paper, bound with hemp twine
SHIRT- Handmade custom pattern, Mid-thigh length, Long sleeve, Wooden buttons.
LETTER- Authentic "letter from home" hand written, cursive-style script. I used bottled ink and pen, closed with sealing wax and personal seal emblem.