Purfylle: November 2014

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Micro Crochet Squares

When you finish a bobbin lace project the chances are high that you will have a lot of bobbins that still have yarn left on them. 

Micro crochet squares and cuff link for scale

How To Clean A Rug Without Vacuuming

Carpets are just not practical with all of our pets so we got rid of them all, the carpets that is, not our furbabies.

We do have one little rug. It's for the cats, they like to sit on it and use it to sharpen their claws.

rug covered in cat fur

Nanna's Button Tin

Button Collection

My Nanna kept her buttons in this tin for as far back as I can remember. 

5 Free e-books From My Digital Library

I really LOVE my books.

Personally I prefer my reference books in print and novels in e-book form because that way I can have way more then I ever could otherwise.

Recently I shared with you:


Today I want to share with you some reference books you can find in my digital library.

I would happily stumble over these books in print some day when my budget and bookshelf space all agreed with my desire to physically have them. However having them in e-book form still allows me to have them and for this I am very grateful.

Isn't it amazing the resources we have now because of the magic interwebs? Some days I feel like I'm living science fiction I read in my childhood. 

These books are all available for free download and I've added all the links for you so you can pop right over and grab them.

from my reference books: Encyclopedia of Needlework

I've already mentioned the Encyclopaedia of Needlework by Thérèse de Dillmont: which you can download from here.
(I also have her book in print, okay I've got 2 copies of the anniversary edition in print,, it's such a great book I went and bought another copy and I use both copiously.)






from my reference books: Custom and Dress During the Middle Ages and During the Renaissance Period
Custom and Dress During the Middle Ages and During the Renaissance Period by Paul Lacroix Jacob: get yours here.



from my reference books: Two Centuries of Costume in America, Vol. 1
Two Centuries of Costume in America, Vol. 1 (1620-1820) by Alice Morse Earle: download it here.



from my reference books: Chats on old lace and needlework
Chats on old lace and needlework by Emily Leigh Lowes: find it here.


The Uffizi Gallery by Paul George Konody, 1872-1933: available here


If you head over to grab these books and find some more amazing books please come back and share the link or title in the comments so I can grab them too!


Our Favourite Things Pinterest Pin Party #4


Welcome, Welcome all to the 4th Monthly
"Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party!"

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We are so very glad you could join us!


Please meet our hosts:

5 Tips To Help You Through The Silly Season

Don't Let Christmas Stress You Out

Five things I need to be reminded of....a lot.

5 tips to purfylle your life

Even more regularly around Christmas time.

10 Reference Books I WISH Were In My Library

Which one do you want for Christmas?

I love love LOVE reconstructions of extant garments. 

The Zip of Christmas Past

Decluttering the sewing room was great! Except now I can't find my zipper.


Christmas Past

Just before Christmas 2012 I decided it was time to get to know my sewing machine's embroidery stitches.

I also thought it would be a good opportunity to try and use up some remnants.

I ended up learning a lot about getting a digital machine to behave itself for embroidery but I'll tallk about that another day.

What I ended up with was some really pretty embroidered bits of fabric most of which became Christmas gifts for my family.

embroidery sampler pencil case


UFO - Renaissance Corset / Stays

An experiment in boning materials

I need to get back to sorting out those UFO's. This corset was an experiment I started on last year. I wanted a design to work with Eleanora's gown, the 'Pisa' gown and other 16thC garments.

I constructed the pattern for these stays from either the Pisa gown or Eleanora's, I can't remember which, it will be in my notes somewhere. This is the second attempt after I realised it would need tabs for comfort and fit which makes the stays more of a 17thC style. The Pfalzgrafin Dorothea Sabine von Neuberg pair of bodies, c1598 have shoulder straps and features that do not work with the Florentine gowns.

fully boned stays

I was going through a phase of trying out various things that could be used as stiffening and boning materials. I also had a new pattern to try out.

Vintage Cuff Links

A Gentleman's Brass Cuff Links


Vintage Cuff Links in a row

These understated cuff links were found at a thrift store a few years ago by yours truly.

FREE Doggy Dinner Printable

Today I'm Guest Posting over at The Crafty Side of Sarcasm where I'm sharing my Home Made Doggy Dinner recipe which my dogs go crazy for.

Easy home made dog food recipe

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Leslie loves petting cupcakes and eating puppies
- oh hang on that might be the other way around - loves petting puppies and eating cupcakes, yeah that's it! Leslie's writing style is witty, charming and full of surprising stuff.

You can get the recipe and read my post at The Crafty Side of Sarcasm here.

For the free printable recipe

Smell the Roses


Fallen Soldiers Names on the Memorial

Throughout history the 11th November has been a day with some pretty memorable events:

5 Reference Books From My Bookshelf

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some of my favourite books

I thought I would share with you some of my favourite historical costume reference books that aren't by Ms Arnold. These 5 books I have read and re-read and will read again.

Caul v.2.2

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I'm really happy with how this bobbin lace caul project turned out. The shape is earlier then Eleanora's caul but I have found in the past that sometimes it can be really insightful to start with an earlier design to understand how it progressed to the later design.

Bobbin Lace Caul

2 Ways to Store Paper Patterns

I make a lot of my own paper patterns. I prefer not to fold patterns if I can.

Getting Stuff Done

I woke up feeling really motivated this morning. When I feel motivated I get loads of stuff done.

By midday I had: