Wednesday, September 23, 2020

No flies in my cup!! "Step Back in Time" and support local crochet artists...have you heard of the Crochet Cup Cover?


Holiday Crochet Cup Cover
Holiday Gift Idea

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Ever have one of those moments where you've placed a paper towel or something else briefly over your favorite coffee mug just to keep the flying critters from taking a swim? I've seen it done, I admit I've done it too. Ditch the paper towel, step back in time and learn more about the Crochet Cup Cover, also known as the Goblet Cover.


Imagine having your very own adorable Crochet Cup Cover adorned with beads or jewels and even tie-dyed with your favorite colors. These adorable cup covers are quite popular amongst Renaissance Festival participants and visitors, but wouldn't it be a cute "Step Back in Time" Holiday gift idea? 

Where do you find such a cover? Since many Renaissance Festival Vendors are offering their crafts for purchase online due to the pandemic and festival closures, you don't have to do more than follow their weblink to buy. 

One such Crochet Crafter offering Crochet Cup Covers is Jac of Art!! You can find and support Jac of Art on Facebook and Etsy at JacOfArt 

Jac of Art: Blue Bead Small Cup Cover
Jac of Art: Blue Bead Small Cup Cover 

To view additional beautiful examples, learn more details on the history of its use and find a DIY tutorial if you dare!! Visit Ohio Renaissance Festival-Let's Make a Goblet Cover at


Sunday, July 19, 2020

Renaissance Fashion!! Landsknechtes and Ladies

Maybe you've visited a Renaissance Festival and have just been in the right place at the right time to spot the brightly colored, paned or "puffed and slashed" clothing worn by the reenactors as they march by, flags and pole arms in hand, to the beat of the battle drums echoing across the fields. 

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Just maybe you've been swept away with the desire to join the ranks of reenactors or you just have a fancy to put together your own outfit to wear to your next faire; but where do you get such an outfit?

This "look"!! 
What is it? 
This "puffed and slashed" look is from the German Renaissance period. 
The men seen in the video above are wearing Landsknechte mercenary uniforms.
The ladies can also be seen wearing gowns with "puffed and slashed" sleeves. 
The example below is that of German "Landsknechte" fashion ca. 1510.   

You love the "look"
You now know What it Is
You set out to buy it. 
Except, you may have strolled through the shops at the faire, just not finding exactly what you're looking for. 


Why is that???

Here's the Scoop!!
The guild members/reenactors have either sewn their outfits, properly referred to as garb, themselves or have commissioned a skilled seamstress to custom make it for them.  

One such seamstress is Terri Casey of Southern California. 
You may have met her at the Northern California Renaissance Faire.

Terri Casey does commission work specializing in Elizabethan, 16th century German & Victorian. 
 Submit inquiries by email to

The garb is created as close to "period" as possible, following historical paintings, etc as reference, using the most historically accurate materials and techniques. 

Behind the Scenes!!
In between faires and festivals, the members of a guild are known to come together to enjoy "sewing get-togethers" where repairs, additions and new garb are created for the upcoming run of the faire. 
If one day you become part of a guild, you'll enjoy the friendship and the passing of knowledge about garb collection and creation. 

Don't Be Discouraged!! 
There are garb items available for purchase from some vendors, maybe not as specific as the German Landsknechte, but there are vendors available to help you on your way. 
Now is a great opportunity, the upside to COVID-19 is that many vendors have turned toward online sales to ride out the COVID-19 closures of faires and festivals and that means you get to shop now.  Your choice from vendors from across the nation are out there waiting. 
You'll be "faire ready" for next year in no time!!

To help you get started, below you'll find a few links to a variety of online vendors. 

A little Renaissance Fashion fun for the little ones.

Print and Color

More examples of Landsknechte fashion in action.

"Just a little list of the vendors available"




For an even greater and interactive online Renaissance shopping experience, join the 43,898 members of Faire Relief 2020 on Facebook!!

DIY Garb