Christmas is coming! Designs by Rhenn is taking the time during the rush and excitement of the Holiday season to regroup and fill our store. We rolled out ruffs in October and began work on the “Hattie” designs. The Hattie designs include new underpinnings as well as a whole new gown—doublet, bodice, underskirt, overskirt, and sleeves. Some accessories for the Hattie will include a new cloak design and a pair of gloves.
The end of October and beginning of November I spent with my mom helping her recover from surgery. The trip was extended to almost three weeks, leaving my schedule in a bit of disarray. But she is doing well! Yea! And now I am playing catch-up. Designs by Rhenn A neat idea occurred to me just a day or so ago and I have already started placing the product in my store: hand made cloth buttons. This is a great use for the cabbage left after the completion of a product.
3/4” diameter cloth buttons. Sold in sets of 10.
Volume 1, Issue 5
In this issue:
Christmas is Coming New Products The Codpiece Gift certificates and Catalog
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Fellow Crafting Shops:
Merry’s Merry Handmades
SpoonerZ TrashandTrinkets Redthreaded
Cloth buttons are created from discs of fabric gathered and gathered again. Attached to the edge of the garment with a stalk or attached flat to the garment by catching each pleat. We sell them in sets of 10.
I was commissioned to create a frock coat and vest mimicking The Master from Dr. Who. You can view this item (for purchase) within this next week in our Etsy store under SteamPunk section.
Soon to be Revealed
Steampunk accessories! We have some exciting ideas we will be adding soon! Yea!
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New Partner! While my trip to New York was not for fun, I did have a lot of it! And amongst the trials of convalescence my mom and I discovered that she has a love for the Steampunk subculture. Being the source of artistic genes in myself, my mom wanted to try her hand at creating Steampunk accessories to sell in my shop. I commissioned, from her, a set of four items that I wish to incorporate into some design ideas I have, but she too will have items that have no specific ties to my products to share with the world. She even helped me to design a steampunked owl— how cool is that! Welcome to Designs by Rhenn, Kay Davis!
Current Work Each day I either begin the day or end it with producing cloth buttons for the store. And while I am cleaning up my virtual workspace as well as my physical workspace I am working on designs and readymade garments. The “Steven” man’s court ensemble and the “Zema” upcylce Elf will make an appearance before the years end. I hope to have some upcycle faeries to add to the whole affair!
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Upcycle: is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.
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Cod is a fish and so it would follow, one would think, that a codpiece is a merely a piece of cod. (Sounds silly, but the very thought was put forward to me by my daughter’s friend several years ago.) I would have to say, as outlandish as codpieces are to the 21st century sensibilities, I am rather grateful a man didn’t wear a piece of fish to close his trousers. The Codpiece began life as a flap that covered the opening we now use zippers to conceal in the front of a man’s breaches/slops/pants. The word “cod” means “scrotum” in Middle English. Makes sense now why they would use that word— though now it makes one think: why they would name a fish “cod”? A codpiece could be attached with strings, ribbons, buttons, or sewn on. And as it started as merely a triangular flap, it morphed into some very telling accoutrement. Just as a bumroll was a woman’s way of advertising publically her ability to bear children, the codpiece allowed a man to brag about his ability to, um, get the job done, as it were. The codpiece often doubled as a pouch where a man could keep his valuables, like jewelry and money, under his watchful eye. Gives a perspective on the vernacular “family jewels”, doesn’t it. My boys each had beautiful codpieces a few years ago, and together with a fellow rennie, they formed the “Cod Squad”.
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