the first of what I hope to be many Mini-Challenges to come. The
inaugural Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge ran from April to August
this year in celebration of The Realm of Venus' tenth year online.
It was the first Challenge I had ever run, and a lot of fun for
not only the participants, but for me too. It was very popular,
and many people who missed out on entering requested it run again.
But a four month-long
sewing challenge such as that can only occur once a year. And so
was born the idea of a Mini-Challenge: a one-month long challenge,
the theme of which those who participate on my Facebook Page vote
This first Mini-Challenge
will be the 'Idle Hands' challenge, and will run between 1 and 31
of October. The aim is to create one or more items that fit the criteria:
- an item in an Italian
Renaissance style that was usually carried or worn on the hand: i.e.
hanky, fan, gloves, muff, bracelet and ring. Zibellini (the
so-called 'flea furs') were often dangled at the end of a girdle,
but since they were carried in the hand or draped over a wrist I
will also allow them to be entered. I have also had a query about
the parasol, which is of course carried in the hand, so that
can also be entered. Books are another thing often
pictured being carried in the portraits of the era, so they
too will be allowed.
The item must be started from
scratch no earlier than October 1. You have from now until 30
September to register as a participant (information on the