8/28/08 - An auspicious date! We've got some real surprises for you this time, including a whole new site look! (I know, some of you will hate it, but I was sick of the old one.) Notice the lack of hideous white space on the right side of the screen, and enjoy the soothing lavender colours!
General stuff: I've tidied up the Home page a little, and updated a couple of images. The FAQ now has a link to AcanthusLeaf Designs, I've updated some questions, and added a link to Eadric the Potter's web site. I've added a "shopping" category to the Le Monde; I've sorted all my writings into categories, and each essay now has its own page. I've also posted six new essays for your enjoyment and judicious time-wasting. The speeches from Pennsic 2008's Attack Laurel party are now in the Academy, and a new article on not looking like a cookie-cutter version of all your friends is in the Articles section. Speaking of articles, I have added a section for my apprentices to publish their classes/articles. Check it out!
Finally, I have updated Brian de Moray's brag page to announce that he is the winner of the 2008 William Blackfox Web awards for best overall website (the Atlantian rapier marshal page). Congratulations, Brian!
7/2/08 - Good times, good times. A small update this time, to add links to Reconstructing History's patterns on the "Women's Clothes in 1580's London" page. I trust her patterns, her shipping time is speedy, the customer service is phenomenal, and her patterns are worth every penny.
I've also added a new Elizabethan Gallery for post-2007 clothes, since I'm making more stuff.
4/08 - It's a new year, and we're updated! I know you've been waiting a long time, but thanks to minion Brian, the pattern shop is almost ready to go (just a few small accounting things to do), and should be on-line within the next month or so.
I'd like also to welcome Kass from Reconstructing History to my Links page - if you're interested in accurate period clothing, check her patterns out! Authentilicious!
Finally, I've made some long-overdue updates to my apprentegé's pages - I've updated their resumes, added new pictures, and generally pimped them out better - check out Lisette la Rouxand Brian de Moray. I'm English, and I have French minions. I approve. :)
10/24/07 - Finally, another update! Still no patterns for sale, but Laurie Cavanaugh of Acanthus Leaf Designs has designed a gorgeous medallion (with sharp pointy bits!) for the Attack Laurel Academy - proclaim with extreme prejudice (and pointy bits!) your alleigance to the nastiest bunch of SOBs ever to roam an arts and Sciences competition!
Now is also a good time to get Christmas/12th Night gifts for all the attack laurels and sewer apprentices on your list! The Attack Laurel Campus Bookshop has fun t-shirts, mugs, and accessories for the evil person on your list who deserves more than a lump of coal (which they're only going to turn into a diamond, anyway).
I have two new essays in the Articles section; "The Elizabethan Seam: Sewing effectively, strongly, elegantly" that details the hand-sewing method I used for the embroidered jacket, and I have uploaded my essay on "Negotiating the Slippery Slope" about avoiding research pitfalls. I also have pictures of my latest project - a sweet bag and pincushion - on the Embroidery page. I put a couple of new pictures in the galleries here and there, but I actually don't remember where, since I started this update over four months ago.
Added to the Maidstone jacket page is an update on my work with Plimoth Plantation's jacket project - they contacted me about my jacket, and they were not only kind enough to ask me to come up and show my jacket, they have included it in the powerpoint presentation on their project as an example of the kind of time expected on a project of this scale. You can read all about it (and if you go far back enough, about me) in their blog The Embroiderers' Story. Check it out!
Finally, the guestbook is officially dead - I tried to keep it open as long as possible, but I was starting to feel insecure about the fact that so many, many people thought I needed Vi*gra and Ci*lis. The "Your Questions Answered!" page is now a FAQ, and I'll be happy to continue answering questions in my blog or by e-mail. It's easy - just follow the instructions on the Contact Me! page.
4/8/07 - This is an interim update, mostly to get the Attack Laurel Campus Book Shop open for business, so for all of you that wanted a T-shirt, now's your chance. In other news, I'm still working on the pattern shop, but significant progress has been made, and in between building a house and participating in Jamestown's 400th Anniversary events, we'll be putting the shop into working order sometime in June.
I am working on a couple of new articles (as always!), and they will be up after the end of April.
I've updated some pictures in the galleries, but it's been so long since the last one (the last couple of months have all been Attack Laurel stuff), that I don't remember which ones. There's definitely a new picture or two in the Elizabethan Gallery II. I'm thinking of removing the Your Questions Answered page in favour of answering questions in my blog, and putting in a simple FAQ instead - the individual questions are so individual that I can't really keep up. If you have a strong opinion about this, let me know.
It's only come up a couple of times, but please remember that the Attack Laurel emblems are copyrighted, and not free for general use. I'm flattered and delighted that everyone likes it so much, but please show your support for artist's rights on the Intarweb by not copying it indiscriminately, and especially not selling/distributing it in any way without contacting me for permission first. Thanks!
The guestbook has been seriously grabbed by spammers, but is still getting good comments, so I'm keeping it on an approval basis rather than doing away with it completely. Don't stop commenting - I love to know what people think!
12/06/-6 - A few small updates. Two new articles are in the works; they're not quite finished, but will be up soon. I've added more recent pictures to How to Wear the Coif, and will continue to update and refine that page as new ideas and information occur. I've added a new page to the galleries that showcases accessories I've made, and added a coif to the Embroidery page and my grey wool hand-made gloves to the Hand Sewn page.
10/31/06 - Lots and lots of lovely new stuff! The galleries are changed and new pictures/pages have been added as I've working hard to pull together enough good pictures to really specialize the pages. When you trundle over there (which I hope you do), you'll find that I've taken out the "extreme" gallery and consolidated the Elizabethan galleries into two pages, not three. There is now a page for my embroidery works, and a page for garments that are entirely hand-sewn, in addition to the separate Reproductions gallery. It's been a chunk of work, but I'm really pleased by the look. I've thrown in thumbnails here and there to facilitate page loading (and minimize empty space), but as always, this is an image-heavy site, so be warned.
There are new articles in the articles section, and if you go to the start page for the articles, they're now nicely laid out for you to pick and choose which ones interest you. Some of the older articles, including the pins article and the women's clothing article now have pictures.
I also have a short autobiography page - as soon as I think of relevant things to put on it, I'll update that.
The Attack Laurel Academy Dean has promised a new class lecture on hurting people with everyday objects, and again, we hope to have the Academy shirts available for sale soon, but please be patient with us as I'm not so hot technologically, and the Dean is so freakin' "authentic", she refuses to use any technology invented after 1604.
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