A somewhere project by Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie

Imagine our surprise ...

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 – 3:05 PM
by Nina

We've just arrived at a surprise event as part of the Zlin film festival in CZ and we find ourselves strangely at home ... !

Wet weekend ...

Monday, May 29, 2006 – 10:05 AM
by Nina

Well I hope that everyone had better weather for Sunday and Monday at the WW II Fete ... my lovingly painted prop sadly saw very little use on Saturday due to the all day drizzle swinging into occasional down pour.

Here it is in full damp glory with Lisa (our new production manager for the film) putting a brave face on despite the rain!

Make do and mend ....

Monday, May 22, 2006 – 7:05 PM
by Mary

Dear Ann,

Lovely to see you in Kentwell at the weekend, since we met I've made some progress on our prop for the Fete fundraiser next weekend, I've decided on a good strong image and scraped together a combination of house hold paints, left over college materials and some from a bargain bin at the art suppliers today. I think I can just about squeeze the image onto some calico we have left over from the costumes we made a few years ago and I can back it with an old sheet (already patched but hey ho).

Oddly enough I saw our old friend Rory Hamilton from college in town on Sunday - I mentioned what we were trying to make and he had some photographs of his Aunt Kate Morgan from Fisherrow, Musselburgh
with her friends on various seaside holidays over the years ... he loaned them to me so I could post them up for you to have a look. I was relieved to see that the figures aren't 'lifesize' in these either! What neither of us could do though, is think of the name for the wretched things.

I also managed to get some absolute bargain wool & linen in the East End today, for our other projects - it's amazing what you can find there.

Anyway I hope all is going well with preparations at your end, and I look forward to you arriving in London on Friday.

With love


The circus comes to town ...

Monday, May 22, 2006 – 6:05 PM
by Nina

The Big Top in Long Melford
The Big Top in Long Melford
Photo: Nina Pope

We spent the weekend at Kentwell for the second open day before we're allowed to join this years participants for the main event, living as Tudors. As we pulled into Long Melford (literally a long village spread along a huge sort of green) we saw the circus was in town ... as we drove past we were amazed to see Zebra waiting patiently at the side of the Big Top. These animals looked so incongruous grazing in Long Melford that I felt a bit like a Tudor seeing something rare for the first time. It also brought to mind our limning 'rap' regarding 'the great olephont' - a grey beast with a tail at both ends, that apparently supplies the tooth we use for making black!

"We were up long before the day-o! To welcome in the summer, to welcome in the May-o! For summer is a-coming in and winters gone away-o!"
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 – 4:05 AM by Annis Webster the dairymaid

In other words, May Day celebrations! (Although this was at the beginning of May and now its near the end!)br /It was very good, although I could only do the last two days out of the three.br /Again, I was in the dairy and this time we had to make a may tree out of butter, we were ...

Tudor technology

Friday, May 12, 2006 – 7:05 AM
by Nina

I really enjoyed hearing Ninya and Jane talk about the Tudor tailor this week, right on my doorstep at Sutton House ... Watching them put on all the layers of late Elizabethan clothes is like seeing a portrait moving ... You can catch them this weekend in london at the V&A

A ruff too far?

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 – 10:05 AM
by Nina

We're just back from a very enjoyable five day road trip visiting Kentwell contacts and talking with them about the film that we're shooting at the main Tudor event this summer. It's been really good fun seeing everyone in their 'normal' clothes and with time to chat. We've seen several very impressive sewing rooms and costume collections on tour (!) and there's nothing like seeing everyone else forging ahead to make you really paranoid about your own progress.

After a terrifying look at our current costumes, our bag of fabrics (many bits of which are pathetic early attempts at garments I can't now believe we ever thought would pass muster!) and the remaining 'to do' list for this years requirements, I am really glad that I'm meeting up tomorrow with Ninya (of the [url="http://www.tudortailor.com/";]Tudor Tailor) and our friend Claire (of the 40's shoe collection!) to formulate a plan.

We're beginning to realise it may not be physically possible to prepare to shoot a film and make 4 smocks, two ruffs, a partlet and hat each ... as I remember from the first year, when we made our entire costumes from scratch, picking out the fabric and colour for your kirtle is the easy bit.

Many thanks to Abs, Jenn, Penny & Dickie, Alison, Tamsin & Tissy for meeting up over the weekend.

I do fancy those slashed sleeves this year ...

Monday, May 1, 2006 – 9:05 AM by Jenn

Decided to make the most of a bank holiday at home - and try get some stuff done. Managed to do most of the construction work on my sister's bodice last night - just got trimmings etc to do now - which of course the bit that takes time. It's a lovely bricky red trimmed ...

sometime later