If you're looking for something to do tomorrow, come out to KJOT for their airport festival!! All sorts of airplanes (like the beauty pictured above!), classic cars, flying, and other fun stuff!! I'll be helping EAA Warbird Squadron 4 all day! The forecast looks beautiful and it will be a great event for the whole family!!
Embroidery exists from around 3000 BC and it is used worldwide. It still is. Now we mostly embroider in beautiful, simple – and easy to handle – embroidery hoops. I love them, because they’re light and easy in the hand. In the Middle Ages however these hoops were non-existent. Instead embroidery (slate) frames were used. Like you can see on the paintings I included. You could find the embroidery frames in lots of different sizes. You could find so small that you can keep them in your hands (the size I have) or so large that you could fit a whole person in it. (And maybe even larger!) The larger ones were supported by different structures. Some frames were standing up, as you can see in one painting. Other frames leaned on two trestles so that you had kind of a table with the embroidery on top. You can see this in a painting too.
The first embroidery frames were quite simple. Just a wooden square or rectangle with the fabric fastened between the laths. Around the 15th century the slate frames started to become more developed. You could change the size by adjusting two sides of the frame and pinning wooden pins in different holes. You can see that in the picture of my own slate frame. This slate frame was made by Oud van Nieuw. More about how to fasten the fabric and which fabric is used later.
Embroidery frames are still being used and I don’t think they will every completely go away. I looked into the history of embroidery hoops (in Europe), but I can’t find a lot. What I did find was proof there were embroidery hoops around the beginning of the 18th century. At one of my pictures you can find what LOOKS LIKE an embroidery hoop, but I am not sure if it is one. If someone can find earlier proof, please let me know!
In preparation for the Fort Klock event next weekend, and our desire to stick with proper period rations/food, we are preparing a "quick and dirty" version of salt pork, suitable for the event's settings.
Salt pork would be dried out over a period of months as whole chunks of meat, or usable portions, slowly seeping out all the liquid to the point that the meat is sufficiently dried to no longer require any other form of preservation.
In our case, we took two slices of fresh pork leg and trimmed them appropriately to suit our needs for the event's meal. Once trimmed, we laid the meat in a deep bed of salt, mixing great quantities of salt within it and then topping the pork pieces, with more salt. You can see the salt immediately starting to absorb the liquid.
After changing the salt a few times over the next week, the meat will be drier and flavoured accordingly, but won't be dry enough to store without refrigeration (we'll use a cooler). To make use of the pork for our peas pottage/porridge, we will need to soak it and change the water several times on the Saturday, while soaking the split peas.
In the future, we will do an entire leg for Fort Erie, perhaps and to be consumed on site. For now, we will do a further posts in a few weeks with our recipe, videos and photos of what we did and how we did it.
Keep following us for the full recipe in a week, or two.
Guess what one of my many projects was today on this very cool, rainy Saturday? Not cleaning the garage floor obviously or tripping on mescaline (not as obvious). First time doing the long and short candle molds at the same time. Experimenting infusing the small candles with herbs. One side has a combination of sages and the other rosemary. Have already learned things for the future, like don’t do that. Try oils instead. The herbs get all over and can contaminate the wax. But the coated tubes help the herbs cling at various places, which is good.
After pouring, I let the wax cool for five minutes as pockets form on the ends. So I top them off. And then wait another two minutes and do it again. Then wait five more minutes and cut the wicks apart on the bottom.
The long candles take a lot of beeswax. Two of the pounds I just got are pretty much gone.
Tomorrow we will see how this actually worked when I try to pop the candles out. But tonight we dance.
The ruins of Pompeii were both fascinating and sobering. Most of what we saw was original but the pillars had been rebuilt, using original materials. So incredible to walk in a place that was built over 2300 years ago. #europe2018#pompeii#italy#livinghistory
Happy weekend friends!
I’m sorry for not being around lately. I’ve missed interacting with you beautiful people.
It’s been a whirlwind of ten days. Desperate edits, deep dives into ‘I shall never reach my goal’ anxiety, work stress, questions of how sick my Nana is. All of it was making for a rather poor mental state. So we (my mom, my sis and I) decided to escape.
Just for a day. To the Île d’Orléans right outside Quebec City. And it was perfect. A chance to ground myself in a little self confidence, to remind myself of the things I remind others all the time:
Don’t give up
Believe in yourself
The road is long
Only those who persist
Make it to the end
Here’s one of many views from the observation deck. Driven straight through the island takes about an hour and a half to circle around. It’s still steeped in so much history and the landscape is stunning.
Expect more on this gorgeous testament to the past in many forms!!
Hope you all have a beautiful weekend friends ❤️