There is a saying in weaving that “it isn’t finished until it is wet finished,” as it is wet finishing that integrates interlaced threads into cohesive cloth. Weaving is moving forward apace, and now curiosity has gotten the better of me.Read More
I’ve been making good progress on my Golden Egg project, though there’s still more to be done. Here’s a quick visual update: The little Glimåkra loom is now up. On the left is ca. 2400 meters of handspun for weft, on the right a 10 meter warp in two chains. Now to get wool on loom to do that magical weaving dance!
Carving time out of a busy day to work on my Golden Egg project is hard. So I’ve gone outside the Medieval box and am using this year’s Tour de Fleece and Vuelta a Lana spinning groups to kick me into action.Read More
I’m doing cutting Tetris for a Greenlandic D10606 hood. It is C14 dated to roughly the period of my 1335 hood reference, so is the first prototype for some ideas I have for materials and construction. And as I work, more observations and questions pop up.Read More
Ravelry is both a great inspiration, a great organizational aid, and a potentially huge time-suck for fiber enthusiasts. When I saw this little project bag, I knew I had to make one for my friend Renika.Read More
I’ve gotten into a rut. I have ideas of projects I’d like to be working on, but they keep stranding in the planning stages. Think, think, think, but never DO has lead to some serious craftipation and frustration. Life has been forcing me to take a step back and is forcing radical simplification on a more global scale. While on reflecting on how to reduce stress, it finally dawned on me: Skill building for reenactment doesn’t only happen when working on ‘period’ projects.Read More
Once upon a time, in a life far, far away…. I spent a month travelling around Germany, just me and my bicycle. Tucked under the German border to Denmark is the tiny island of Sylt. In between cycling along the beaches, I stopped by a small outdoor market, where I fell in love with a hank of glorious fluffy red-purple variegated handspun yarn. And now this yarn has finally become a lovely tea cozy to use every morning, a practical memento from a wonderful adventure.Read More
I’ve been surrounded by music all my life, and was an active musician right up through college. ...
Fast forward a few decades, and I’ve finally dipped my toe back into the folk music waters. I’ve now attended the “Klangen før fela” gathering, and it was an absolute blast!Read More
I am very excited to be signed up for the upcoming gathering “Klangen før fela” (the sound before the fiddle), a weekend of seminars and chatting with other folk music enthusiasts in the beginning of February.Read More
Just rounding off a lovely visit with friends in Visby. It was my first visit, but certainly won't be my last!
I now feel like I understand the lay of the town and with excellent guiding from both my hosts, I now better see more of the medieval details hiding in plain view. There has been wool and there's been exploration and church visits up in the Bro area.
This morning I made one last visit to the St Olof (Olav) church ruins. A special reminder of the influence of Norway's foremost saint.
Now squeezing in one last fika in the garden with supplies from the Själsö bakery van parked by the Eastern Gate.
S:t Olof ruins in Visby
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More