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The HSF/M ’15: Favourites for Challenge #2: Blue

Whew!  Almost caught up!  Here are five of my favourite entries among the myriad of gorgeous items created  for the HSF Blue challenge. What a fun post to pick favourites for – so many shades of lovely blues!  I think it was even harder than usual to pick favourites (and it’s always, really, really hard!) – there are so many amazing things that have been produced, and such a range of periods, experience levels, and personal taste. I’ve chosen the items I thought best represent the spirit of the challenge and the Historical Sew Fortnightly; the quest to explore history, raise our skill levels and standard, stretch ourselves (or sometimes just get something done, rather than just procrastinating). Inevitably there are some projects that I adored that I just haven’t been able to post about, so go see them find your own favourites through the challenge page, and in the FB album (yep, you do have to be a member to see it, yep, if you ask to be a member we’re going to ask you some questions, …

HSF/M ’15: Challenge #2: Blue

The theme for the Historical Sew Monthly 2015 Challenge #2 is Blue: make something in any shade of blue. I knew it would be a popular colour challenge choice because blue is simply the most popular colour: it’s more peoples favourite colour than any other. Historically, it’s also been one of the most desirable colours in many historical periods and cultures, because the dyes used to achieve it were comparatively expensive and finicky, and the harder something is to achieved, the more expensive it is, and the more people want it. In addition to being an expensive dye, blue acquired even more cachet in Europe in the Middle Ages when it became the colour associated with the robes of the Virgin Mary in devotional art.  Mary was painted in blue robes partly because blue was the colour of the heavens, but mostly because the most expensive paint available was ultramarine blue.  Mary was deemed worthy of only this rarest hue, this colour ‘from beyond the seas’, so was depicted in blue robes, often highlighted with the …

The HSF/M 2015: Challenge #12: Re-Do

Gosh, another year almost over!  And here I am writing the last HSF/M challenge post for the year (ridiculously, ridiculously late, as it should have been done before the month started!). It’s hard to know what to write about for the Re-Do challenge, as there is both nothing and everything to give you as inspiration.  Looking back at the years challenges, you probably know which challenges you didn’t do, but really want to do, which challenges you did do, but wish you could re-do because you weren’t happy with what you made, and which challenges you enjoyed doing so much that you want to do them again! Re-do is always a nice challenge, because it gives you the opportunity to do any of those things, and to get any leftover projects all tidied up for the new year. I generally end up with so many leftover projects at the end of the year (partly because the biggest part of each project is planning and research, and too often I think of the perfect plan halfway through a …