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This is my journey exploring historical material culture.
*Disclaimer*: Because of the heavy Northern Norwegian medieval focus for my research and trials related to reenactment, I may make statements or pose points of view connected to my persona that may seem counter to prevailing knowledge of how things were or were done further down in the Continent or Isles. This happens when taking a road less traveled. I'm started on a path paved with as much research as possible, but there are huge holes in both source material as well as relevant research to build on. But I'm happily chipping away at it and welcome any information others can give. If you're curious, please ask. If you have information you think I should know, please share. Really, there's just too much to learn and, happily, the more I learn, the less I *know*!
After discussion with the Governing Body, I share my first formal Golden Egg Challenge.
Hard to believe that I came home from Double Wars nearly two months ago. Funny thing about longer events is that they are like a bubble– 10 days with friends as if you’d only seen them yesterday, not two years ago. And after returning home, that’s the challenging bit. The goal for this year’s DW was to do as little as possible. Seriously.
This is the other “low-threshold” project I brought to Double Wars. I pulled together a group of food items that would be appropriate for my medieval Norwegian (Norse) persona based on foodway information I have gleaned through the years. The theme is general ‘Norwegian’, and the sources below reflect a range of time-periods and regions. My persona would have been familiar with these foods, and likely reveled in the abundance and variety available to her for lunching at DW.
As I presented in my post about becoming Admiral of the High North, I have a goal of paying an annual ‘tax’ to the Crown in the form of largesse, practical items that the Crown can use or regift as they see fit. This year I held true to my theme of Norwegian artifact-based projects, and created a score of leather coin purses, based on a find from Medieval Bryggen in Bergen, Norway.
Queen Isabetta del Verde presented a new A&S challenge household at DWXXX: The Society of the Golden Egg. My initial proposal is within the area of Norwegian Medieval Textiles.
In an earlier post , I presented the completed Pimp my Bedchamber project. In this post I will talk a bit about the production of the ‘faux tile’ floor covering.
In the SCA we play a game where we creatively study and recreate select aspects of history. In many ways, you get out of the game what you put in to it, and I have decided to have some fun with the Drachenwald Royal Navy. In this post, I discuss my bid for an Admiralty.
My goal has been to create a personal space that allowed privacy for sleeping that also improved the general ambiance of the crash-space tent within the constraints of my baggage allowance. My persona is medieval Norwegian/Norse, and I wanted to reflect this in my choices.
Very enjoyable Saturday spent in Stamsund with the Lofoten Short-Tail Sheep (Korthale sau) group. I am just getting to know the members of this group after meeting several of them at the 6th North Atlantic Native Sheep and Wool Conference in September. Several of us were interested in continuing to have local gatherings for sheep/wool enthusiasts, and this weekend was the first.
Nothing's ever so bad that it's not good for something!
I've been having to devote time to deep-cleaning some of the back storerooms, cracking open boxes that haven’t seen the light of day since, well, FAR too long....
Time flies, and the end of the "Mannen i myra" exhibition at the Tromsø University Museum draws near. I'm excited because I will be one of two guest speakers on the last Sunday, February 14, 2016.
This is a peek at the first spindle-full I’m spinning for the Herjolfsnes challenge hood D10606. Part of the challenge is producing my first spinning for weaving, so decisions are made on the go, allowing for experimentation.
How many times have I wished I had an extra hand when sewing? A hand to hold the far end of a seam or a fixed point to tie the end of a braid? More times than I can count… so I have now made one.
I like puzzles. The greatest puzzle I play with is «How could X have been done by Thora?», where X is some little routine task or process we take for granted, like threading needles.
As I re-read "Woven into the Earth" (Østergård) , I am reminded of a question of practicality in conjunction with the use of hoods that has ‘troubled’ me for some time. To the point: Did women wear these hoods and, if so, how did this function in practical terms if these women wore veils?
Friday I visited the "Mannen i myra" ("The Man from the Bog") exhibition at the University Museum in Tromsø, a very special experience for me. It is exciting to be a contributor to an exhibition centering around one of the most complete early textile finds here in the Arctic, the Skjoldehamn bog burial.
I'd like to share two pictures from my time at Pennsic this summer, a fondly held memory as we now move into the dark half of the year here in the North. Both pictures were taken at roughly 3 AM on one of the gorgeous moonlit nights on the corner of Chei Ping Road and Brewer's.
I have decided to join the Herjolfsnes challenge on FaceBook (‘about’ information below). Many thanks to Elina for the timely initiative!
In some ways I need a new project like a hole in the head… But I have already made 5 items from the finds (2 dresses, 2 hoods and footless hosen), and these finds are a good fit for Thora in terms of timeframe and climate.
I hate passwords. I have several at work that have to be changed on a regular basis and have restrictions requiring a combination of several features, such as minimum length, both letters and numbers, and suchlike. A real pain.
Then I had a revelation. Why not make the passwords work for me?
Þóra Sumarliðadóttir (Thora when using standard English letters) is a fictional character I use to focus my research and practical handcrafting endeavors, a little like using Storyline method where I am both pupil and teacher accruing factual knowledge and practical experience.
The purpose of Thrums, threads and thoughts for Thora is to give me a space to explore my process of learning history. As I work through new projects or read new-to-me research, I stumble across little details or wonder about the whys and wherefores.
The A&S 50 Challenge (ended)
This challenge was created by Lady Albreda Aylese in order to "to learn and share of our learning; to create and share of our creation." Her vision and links to the yahoo group can be found here, and the FaceBook group here. Each challenge is personal, we are responsible for defining our challenge, deciding what constitutes a completed task and when a challenge is done. The only date we have to consider is the end date when the Society turns 50 years old: May 1, 2015.
I joined the Challenge on January 20, 2010 and wrote the 'challenge statements' given under each challenge, with a few minor tweaks since. The joy of this challenge is the focus on learning and process rather than rigid rules. Click on the blog title to view the entries with full text and all of the pictures. The galleries below will collect one picture from each of the 50 projects in the challenge. This is an exciting opportunity to see my progress over time.
The challenge is now over. I have done many more projects than I managed to present in the blogs. I may add new posts on these in the future, and make comment on it via Thrums, Threads and Thoughts for Thora. This challenge was an excellent experience, and helped me get a start in blogging about my projects and research.
Persona-related depth challenge. To this end I will build on my research and fiber skills base to produce garb/textiles and other necessary articles founded in research with a focus on Northern Norway, its history and natural resources. Additionally, I will prepare short informative papers on relevant historical topics.
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