Thursday, November 28, 2013

ellefolk v.9

Ellefolk, the Under The Root Quarterly Newsletter has been published.  Inside we talk to the Ents, study the Yule sabbath, dive into our newest lookbook and magazine feature, plus an image capture from the set of The Blue Bird in 1918 of moonshadow dancers behind a sheer scrim.  The most recent projects, a coupon code for domestic and International purchases, kisses abounding for thankfulness.  My utmost gratitude for a year that has seen many changes for Under The Root.

Monday, November 25, 2013

dance with the ents

Timothy Ide

Randy Asplund


Jeff Murchie

Luca Bonatti

Jim Hunt

Rodney Matthews

At the time of their awakening Ents could not speak, but the Elves taught them that art, and they loved it greatly.  They delighted in learning many tongues, even the short chirping of Men.  Though Ents at times had great gatherings called Entmoots, for the most part they were a solitary folk living apart from one another in isolated Ent houses in the great forests.  Their stories are many and span progressively until the Third Age in startime.  With them the tree spirits obtain strength, Entwood thrives, their lives are wise and great.  Wars were then waged within lands around them, Ents lost members of their families, some even retreated in Ent fashion into the nature of their being.  Again, they lived peacefully in the Entwood, yet they continued to wane and the Fourth Age was believed to be their last.
cited and adapted from Guide to Tolkien's World by David Day

Sunday, November 24, 2013

ash tree identification and lore

Fraxinus is a genus of flowering plants in the olive and lilac family, Oleaceae.  It contains 45–65 species of usually medium to large trees, mostly deciduous though a few subtropical species are evergreen.  The tree's common English name, ash, goes back to the Old English, while the generic name originated in Latin.  Both words also meant "spear" in their respective language.  The leaves are opposite (rarely in whorls of three), and mostly pinnately compound, simple in a few species.  The seeds, popularly known as keys or helicopter seeds, are a type of fruit known as a samara.  Most Fraxinus species are dioecious, having male and female flowers on separate plants; grown as an ornamental and both sexes are present, ashes can cause a considerable litter problem with their seeds.  Rowans or Mountain Ashes are unrelated to true ashes and belong to the Genus Sorbus though the leaves and buds are superficially similar.

In Greek mythology, the Meliae were nymphs of the ash, perhaps specifically of the Manna Ash (Fraxinus ornus), as dryads were nymphs of the oak.  They appear in Hesiod's Theogony.
The ash exudes a sugary substance that, it has been suggested, was fermented to create the Norse Mead of Inspiration.  In Norse mythology, the World Tree Yggdrasil is commonly held to be an ash tree, and the first man, Ask, was formed from an ash tree.  Elsewhere in Europe, snakes were said to be repelled by ash leaves or a circle drawn by an ash branch.  Irish folklore claims that shadows from an ash tree would damage crops.  In Cheshire, it was said that ash could be used to cure warts or rickets.  In Sussex the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning.
cited from Wikipedia

following points were found with Ash Tree Magic
  • Some traditions of magic hold that the leaf of an Ash tree will bring you good fortune.  Carry one in your pocket - those with an even number of leaflets on it are especially lucky.
  • In some folk magic traditions, the ash leaf could be used to remove skin disorders such as warts or boils.  As an alternate practice, one could wear a needle in their clothing or carry a pin in their pocket for three days, and then drive the pin into the bark of an ash tree - the skin disorder will appear as a knob on the tree and disappear from the person who had it.
  • The spear of Odin was made from an Ash tree, according to the Norse poetic eddas.
  • Newborn babies in the British Isles were sometimes given a spoonful of Ash sap before leaving their mother's bed for the first time.  It was believed this would prevent disease and infant mortality.
  • Five trees stood guard over Ireland, in mythology, and three were Ash.  The Ash is often found growing near holy wells and sacred springs.   Interestingly, it was also believed that crops that grew in the shadow of an Ash tree would be of an inferior quality.
  • In some European folklore, the Ash tree is seen as protective but at the same time malevolent.  Anyone who does harm to an Ash can find themselves the victim of unpleasant supernatural circumstances.
  • In northern England, it was believed that if a maiden placed ash leaves under her pillow, she would have prophetic dreams of her future lover.
  • In some Druidic traditions, it is customary to use a branch of Ash to make a magical staff.  The staff becomes, in essence, a portable version of a World Tree, connecting the user to the realms of earth and sky.
  • If you place Ash berries in a cradle, it protects the child from being taken away as a changeling by mischievous Fae.
  • The Celtic tree month of Ash, or Nion, falls from February 18 to March 17.  It's a good time for magical workings related to the inner self.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

spirits of faust aw2013 collection

Spirits of Faust
aw2013 collection lookbook
Libby Loo Photography
wardrobe Under The Root
hair and makeup design by Megan Thompson of Mild or Wild
spirits of Faust
Paris Irene Cannon
Taryn Jansen
Morgan Jansen

"Now this understand:
Make one into ten,
Drop two out of hand,
Three balance again,
then you are rich,
On the word of the witch.
From five and six
The four transfix,
Make seven and eight
Fulfilling the fate:
And nine makes one,
And ten is none,
And the witches' one-times-one is done."

Thursday, November 14, 2013

suddenly soundseamster

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

cetaceous serpentine eco loungerie chemise

Cetaceous Serpentine Chemise is back!
This full length chemise is made from a reclaimed light gray or midnight black cotton/lycra knit.
A vintage pattern reproduction from the Edwardian era was slightly modernized yet continuing the drop waist design.
The 2 inch straps are constructed with the same material as your choice of color.
There are vintage cluny laces to encase the black drawstrings for right above bustline and thighline.

Sizes xs-xl
Please include your bust, underbust, chest circumference just above bustline, waist, and hip measurement in message to seller at checkout. This chemise is made to land approximately mid-calf length, a height measurement helps too.

It is helpful to add the requested measurements with each listing but if you do choose to only use a general measurement, below are Under The Root general measurements. If you need a bit of assistance then a breakdown for taking measurements is inside the policies section of our shop.

bust 32 waist 23 hip 32
bust 34 waist 25 hip 35
bust 36 waist 28 hip 39
bust 39 waist 31 hip 41
bust 43 waist 35 hip 45

Hand wash with cool, delicate or line dry.

Cetaceous refers to any aquatic mammal. These beings seem to be elongated in the form with gravity and a watery group of seers. Serpentine describes the subtle temptation to winding or turning one way and another.

photographs taken by
model Becca Fischer graces each image

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Friday, November 8, 2013

fairytale friday with the troll turned cat

Troll turning into a mountain

vintage animal photography found at Getty Images

The Troll turned Cat
About a quarter of a mile from Soroe lies Pedersborg, and a little farther on is the town of Lyng.  Just between these towns is a hill called Brondhoi (Spring-hill), said to be inhabited by the Troll people.
There goes a story that there was once among these Troll people of Brondhoi an old crossgrained curmudgeon of a Troll, whom the rest nicknamed Knurremurre (Rumble-grumble), because he was evermore the cause of noise and uproar within the hill.  This Knurremurre having discovered what he thought to be too great a degree of intimacy between his young wife and a young Troll of the society, took this in such ill part, that he vowed vengeance, swearing he would have the life of the young one.  The latter, accordingly, thought it would be his best course to be off out of the hill till better times; so, turning himself into a noble tortoise shell tomcat, he one fine morning quitted his old residence, and journeyed down to the neighbouring town of Lyng, where he established himself in the house of an honest poorman named Plat.
Here he lived for a long time comfortable and easy, with nothing to annoy him, and was as happy as any tomcat or Troll crossed in love well could be.  He got every day plenty of milk and good groute to eat, and lay the whole day long at his ease in a warm armchair behind the stove.
Plat happened one evening to come home rather late, and as he entered the room the cat was sitting in his usual place, scraping meal-groute out of a pot, and licking the pot itself carefully.  "Harkye, dame," said Plat, as he came in at the door, "till I tell you what happened to me on the road.  Just as I was coming past Brondhoi, there came out a Troll, and he called out to me, and said,
"Harkye Plat,
Tell your cat,
That Knurremurre is dead."
The moment the cat heard these words, he tumbled the pot down on the floor, sprang out of the chair, and stood up on his hind-legs.  Then, as he hurried out of the door, he cried out with exultation, "What! is Knurremurre dead?  Then I may go home as fast as I please."  And so saying he scampered off to the hill, to the amazement of honest Plat; and it is likely lost no time in making his advances to the young widow.

black cat at the feet of a woman

scene from The Empty Boy illustrated by John Bauer

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

conjuring a lookbook for aw2013

The most recent project has offered up such brilliance in imagery for the upcoming aw2013 lookbook for Under The Root.

photographs taken by Libby Loo Photography
hair and makeup design by Megan Thompson of Mild or Wild
spirits of Faust..
Paris Irene Cannon, Taryn Jansen, Morgan Jansen

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

video for curtsies and conspiracies

The official music video for New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger's steampunk book series, Finishing School. "Curtsies and Conspiracies (book 2)" and "Etiquette and Espionage (book 1)" are now available at your favorite bookstore.


While at Bunson and Lacroix's Polytech for boys
They emphasize the joys of deadly little toys,

At Mademoiselle Geraldine's School for proper young killing machines
The curriculum on the whole
Is certainly more droll

But all the things that go on,
She'd hate to know, hate to know
All the things that go on...

And if you find you're irritable Uptop in the dirigible
Down below, the Sooties know a thing or two you mightn't
On Mademoiselle Geraldine's, nothing's really what it seems
But the curriculum, you will find, may give you some excitement

But all the things that go on,
She'd hate to know, hate to know
But all the things that go on,
She'd hate to know, hate to know
All the things that go on...


Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing!  For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy--won't Mumsy be surprised?  Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship's boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a field trip to London than is apparent at first.  A conspiracy is afoot--one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans.  Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

In this sequel to New York Times bestselling Etiquette and Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason.  Gail's distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.

New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon.  She survived her early years by reading most of her local library and memorizing Greek battles.  Eventually, she escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning.  In pursuit of further finishing, Ms. Carriger traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag.  She now resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award. Manga versions of the first two books release in 2012 (Soulless Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) and Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 3 is due out Nov. 19, 2013.  The first in her young adult Finishing School series, Etiquette and Espionage debuted at #9 on New York Times bestseller list.  The second in the series, Curtsies and Conspiracies is due out Nov. 2013.