Bridget and her Dark Side Minions
(plural minions)
Meaning: A loyal servant of another, usually more powerful being.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Minion #3: Scroll

I asked Saraswati to pick a piece of work she would like shown off here. This is the one she chose.

 I substituted the star in that image for one of the golden circles found on
That page just to make it more persona appropriate. 


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Minion #2 The Shirt

Gunhild has been working on a shirt for her husband. It's gorgeous. When she gets some time I will get her to write up about it for the clothing clueless among us ( me) and for the rest of you garb loving history buffs - enjoy.

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Gusset 1

The collar embroidery

Seam - left side

the whole shirt

sleeve and cuff embroidery

So as promised: From Gunhild.

The shirt pattern is similar to the pattern of the shirt worn by Nils Sture (1567, Upsala Cathedral). The details of the pattern are taken from Janet Arnold, Patterns of Fashion 4 and adapted to my husband’s size.
I have made some changes:
The neckband is not that high as in the original. I have adapted it to the collar height of the doublets the shirt will be worn with.
Collar and wristbands are decorated with blackwork embroidery as it can be seen on many paintings of the time.
The neck and sleeve ruffles are shorter. The neck ruffle is 2,80 m long and the sleeve ruffles are 2,10 m each.
The edges of every part are hemmed with a hem stitch, and the parts are sewn together with an open insertion made of buttonhole stitches.
Linen fabric. The fabric taken for the ruffles is much finer, so that it can be laid in small pleats to make the ruffle look very full but at the same time achieve nice pleats.
The collar and wristbands are interlined with a fine white cotton fabric to give them a better stand.
For the seams, I have taken a linen yarn. The blackwork embroidery is made with a cotton yarn (MEZ), which I happened to have at home when I started the embroidery.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Minion #1

Ailitha, my first apprentice, is a  calligraphy and Illumination minion. She's also like my SCA kid. She calls me MamaB which is cool.

She has bucket loads of talent. These are her older works. She did what i did and ran off to see the world but slowly she's finding her way back home.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011


In the Society for Creative Anachronism I'm generally known as Bridget. I am a laurel in calligraphy and Illumination and was apprenticed to Meister Harold von Auerbach. I have 2  3 apprentices. Lady Ailitha de Ainwyk (Dark Side Minion #1) and Lady Gunhild von Brunswiek (Dark Side Minion #2) and now Lady Saraswati has been added to the cast of minions.

Apprentice #1 has vanished. That is to say real life swept her off her feet in the form of a man and a job and so on and I don't see her a whole lot but that's okay, she knows where I am and when she needs me I'll be there. Since I did the exact same thing to my Master I can't complain.

Apprentice #2, namely Lady Gunhild,  has a whole lot more to teach me than I her since she's a garb
 and embroidery goddess and isn't really into calligraphy. So why you ask is she a DSM? Good question.

The main reason is because I asked if she wanted to be my apprentice and she said yes. The second main reason is that she's shy and while I can be mostly I'm not. Mostly I like the fact that I get to show off her amazing work and because I have a leafy hat that I occasionally wear more people take notice, which they should because she is AMAZING! So...I figure I can help her on the way to being seen and noticed a whole lot more and this is one way of doing it.

This blog is about my apprentices and their work because what they do is amazing and it should be shared with the world.

Minion#2 was given a task. Make me a hat because I, being the really bad example of a peer, tend to go about hatless and she had a really cool hat at Double wars. Yesterday presents arrived by mail and they included the hat ( she gets cookies for completing task #1)  and a surprise for me which was thrilling. The surprise being a bag. Not just any bag either, a gorgeous embroidered linen bag with a lovely silk lining.

Now eventually I will get Gunhild to explain the ins and outs of these items but for now feast your eyes on her lovely work