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Friday, May 17, 2013

A Little More Downton Abbey and some other nerd things...

Lady Rose Downton Abbey Embroidery Dreamy Branson

I've been busy this week stitching up new Downton Abbey embroidery patterns for Kitschy Digitals. After the warm reception for the first 15 characters, Heather Davulcu designed 6 more, and I've been stitching while watching season two of Game of Thrones. 


Speaking of Game of Thrones and other such nerd things, I went to the local Renaissance Faire last weekend. Surprisingly, I had never been to a Ren Faire before, despite my love of the Tudors, dressing up, and drinking mead. 

It was quite the experience. WHY did my parents never take my to a Ren Faire when I was a kid!? I spent hours playing dress up as Laura Ingalls or Felicity (the American Girl, not the character played by Keri Russel), and would have loved something like this. Maybe Ren Faires weren't as cool in the 80's as they are now... right?

Renaissance Women
Me with Lizzie and Joey, aka my wenches

Now, those of you who come here strictly for knitting and sewing posts may be shocked at my nerdy social life. I know, you are surprised that someone who knits and plays the accordion would also partake in something as geeky as dressing up in historical garb. 

Stick Me in the Stocks!
... obligatory

But it's really not that far off, is it? I've always been interested in history and fashion, which lead to a major in costume design, and learning to knit. I mean - what's more historical than knitting!? Or embroidery - the hobby of the upper class in Medieval and Renaissance times. 

Captain Joe - I'm Skeptical
Captain Joe (a Jack Sparrow wanna be) - I am highly skeptical

And if you're wondering about my costume - it's handmade, but not by me. I found the green dress almost a decade ago at a thrift store, back when I used to actively keep a stash of costumes on hand for design purposes. The shirt was found at a thrift store the day before - it's from Target - along with the leather belt. My necklace was a gift from my Grandma this past Christmas - she used to wear it in the 60's. 

Gettin' some cash in my maiden costume

And I can't help but include this photo, Instagrammed by Joey - Renaissance lady in a modern world! 


  1. You look so cute! I loved the Texas Ren Fest when I was younger. I once wore a 70s wedding dress as maiden costume. My brother got the last good guy costume -a cavalier- in the costume shop, which left my husband-to-be wearing the barbarian loin cloth costume. That was awkward. I haven't been since I was 19, looks like so much fun.

    1. Adorable! You are totally cracking me up!

  2. i want to see the barbarian loin cloth costume. These are hilarious! We tried to take our boys to the Ren Faire last weekend but it rained! Boooooo. Katie, you fit in so well with your luxurious maiden hair. Too much fun.

    danielle thompson

    1. Right!? You are so sweet - now when I'm feeling down, I'll just say to myself, "Danielle thinks I have luxurious maiden hair!"

  3. dude, how did you never go to the ren faire in holly, mi? my mom took us like every year for at least 5 years in a row... so sorry you missed out!

    1. Right!? Oh man, I wish I had gone! Everyone kept asking about if there was one in Michigan, and I couldn't think of it! I totally missed out.


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