Entwife Sneak Peak!

September 04, 2012

When Spring unfolds the beechen leaf, and sap is in the bough;
When light is on the wild-wood stream, and wind is on the brow;
When stride is long, and breath is deep, and keen the mountain-air,
Come back to me! Come back to me, and say my land is fair!

-an Ent, in the song of the Ents and Entwives in The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

One of my friends is an amazing seamstress and is hard at work creating an Entwife costume. The Ents are tree shepherds in The Lord of the Rings and they lost the Entwives many years ago. The fate of garden-loving Entwives is one of the many mysteries of Middle-Earth.

I'm very excited to see how the costume will be when it is finished-- she is creating a very gypsy/bohemian/woodland look, entirely from scratch! What you see here is only a sneak peek, helped out by various bits and bobs from my closet. At the time I took these photos, she had only finished the corset, underdress, and cloak.

In just a few weeks I hope to share some pictures of the finished outfit! I'm designing her a jewelry set which is definitely challenging me to learn some new skills. This Entwife idea is just so inspirational!

The detail on the corset is amazing!

The corset has a very tree-like texture. It's made up from scraps of fabric and vines of yarn.

She thinks of all these creative details, like this soft shawl (or cloak, I'm not sure what to call it) in dappled greens and browns.

It was knit by hand! 

Fitting in with the overgrown randomness and beauty of trees is a collection of jewelry... these are all the green, brown, and copper pieces that I happened to have in stock when she was over.

I absolutely love the way that light sprinkles on the ground in the woods.

And now for a sneak peek at the jewelry I'm designing...

My workbench with a necklace in process!

Some detail on a new technique I'm attempting.

If you want more costume goodness, go check out Laura's blog, Sew Many Seams, and like her facebook page! She also has an Etsy store, but at the moment is only accepting custom work.

(P.S. This is my 500th post on this blog!)

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  1. Oooh that's awesome! :)

    Hey, is it too late to start working on something for Tolkien Month or does it matter? Because I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to get to this, but I'd love to draw something LOTR-ish. :)

    God bless,


  2. Nope, it's definitely not too late, I still have quite a few days with nothing planned to post, so feel free to email me! And if you want to do something at your own blog you can link up on the first Tolkien-month page. :)

  3. okay awesome! :) I'm kind of busy with school at the moment, but I should be able to work on something this weekend.

    And now I am a little nervous. lol.

    Oh well, I shall do my bestest.

  4. Beautiful pictures!!!! Love that shawl...


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