My friend Linnea helped me to lay hands on some awesome svepaskar. I have absolutely NO idea of the name in English so I really need your help here!!
Here they are.
The boxes are sometimes seen in medieval pictures. I had one already for my 14th century sewing kit. But it filled up quickly and I decided to get a larger one. Linnea knows this old man making them and she kind of emptied his warehouse when buying them for me… Oups
I’m really happy now when I can have one for sewing, one for weaving, one for my writhing kit and so on. One can never have to many boxes. By the way, can a box be round??
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The autumn have been nice and warm here in Stockholm. I was asked to dye together with some friends how wanted to learn how to dye indigo. Said and done. We took the last warm Sunday of the year and made it blue.
Here are some pics.
Max and the linen caftan
Masia in the bath
The blue fabric
When Max is finished with his new kyrtil I will post a picture of him in it. I’m happy with the colour and indigo is quicker to get beautiful than many other colours.
Wanna try indigo? Read more about how to do it yourself Here.
Yesterday I picked up my new darling from my friends Hannah’s house. She is moving house and there was no more room for the small band loom. I saved it from the bin!
I just have to put something up. The warp connected to my unfinished hood, was cut out and now the band loom is dressed.
Here are som pictures. The band is gonna be my new lacing ribbon in my new dress. IF it will be long enough..
It’s tricky to keep the tablets straight, they tend to fall to the side. They are simply to heavy for this weave. I have to keep one hand in them all the time.
The warp is wool, 8/2, 8tr. The weft is buttonhole silk.
Fingers crossed the it will be long!
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My friend Magdalena has got a great job. She works at the largest open air museum in Scandinavia, Skansen, in Stockholm. The museum was founded by the man Arthur Hazelius during the late 19th century. He believed that old traditions and crafts needed to be preserved for the future and he decided to collect ”old things from the whole country” ending up with Skansen and Nordiska museet. Skansen is like a mini Sweden 1875. People working there are dressed in clothes from that time, many of them in folk costumes. Magdalena is working at ”Klädkammaren” (the wardrobe) making sure that people are dressed the right way. Klädkammaren does not only contain clothes from 19th century; you can find garments from all kinds of ventures, high and low.
My husband and I was there a couple of weeks ago. We looked in the piles of ”medieval clothes” they had. The clothes had been made for a play in the early 20th century. This is way before today’s reenactment and this is the how they choose to make a riveted maille.
It’s extremely heavy!
Yes, it’s rings sewn on to a fabric. Gives me perspective of how much the knowledge of history have increased during the last 100 years.
Don’t you just love it?
Just look. Look at the shine. Wow!!! Filament rules.
Back in the loom again. Still filled with a ton of inspiration after a fab event, Battle of Wisby. It was just awesome to meet so many people and get so inspired. I’ve, kind of, decided to stop sew. Yes you heard me! I started on a new dress and it came out like shit. I don’t know how to sew, really. Or, well I do. But there is other people that sew better then me so I will trade with them.
My best trade is my weaving. Not many people have a loom at home and are able to produce the fabric they want. So, I will make a fabric and someone else will sew. As easy as that!
Before Christmas I warped a warp and have had it in a bag since then. It’s a short one, just 5 meters long. It will become a dress for my daughter.
Here are some pictures of the process, so far.
With a little help from a friend!
This is Anders in his jacket.
Sorry for poor quality of the pic’s.
So when you see this handsome man at Battle of Wisby you’ll know how made his jacket.
-Hello where are you guys?
We are here!
Both Peter and me are arranging Battle of Wisby II, so right now we are busy doing a ”little” project beside blogging.
Hope to see you there!
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When holding classes in sewing I always try to teach edge weaving. It’s so lively when done properly. The only issue is that I’ve never done it myself. I know how to do it but I’ve never just … done it.
That’s why I forced myself to do it. Not to make it easy for myself I started on a pale yellow hood with dark blue yarn so all my mistakes would show! No, not really, but that was the best yarn I had close by hand that day.
I’ve seen better but I’ve also seen worse. It’s OK and I think I can wear it in daylight. The mistake I made was not pulling the weft hard enough so the table weave was placed ”around” the edge instead of ”on the edge”.
I had to try to weave with a rigid heddle too. I did that in Minden having the warp stretched between my foot and my belt. Tricky to get the tension right but the weave is ”very authentic”. It’s just a small needle case. Nothing important.
Here is the ugly start:
Here is the end. Improvements shows.
In the Battle of Wisby camp there will be two classes in edging techniques. I will be part of those!