I see it’s been a while since I attended to this. Busy with other things.
It’s tempting to think of an attendant as a servant, and therefore having very plain clothes, but where would be the fun in that? My attendant is going to be wearing the queen’s hand-me-downs, which in reality is probably what really happened. Probably.
I’m exploring a variety of different blues. Blue can be so many things – sky blue, sea blue, light blue, dark blue. Then it can have so many relations with other colours – turquoisey blue, purpley blue, browny-greyish blue. This page is a combination of seaside blues. That sample on the right-hand side is a lovely turquoise silk dupion, and is unfinished. I’ll come back to it later.
This circular motif is meant to be the decorative feature on the centre front of the dress, and was made by coiling silk sari yarn around itself onto a shibori/tie-dyed circle of very lightweight cotton, and then lightly stitching a very fine sparkly tulle over the top. The outline is a glittery chainette yarn couched down. From a distance it looks a little jewel-like, which is not quite what I intended originally, but which has kind of grown on me a bit. The Oseberg tomb was raided in antiquity, so all the queen’s jewellery was stolen long ago. It would be nice to restore at least the appearance of some of it in these pages.