Hedeby-style bag with Viking ship machine embroidery

Carrying the Viking Ship embroidered bag

Carrying the Viking Ship embroidered bag

In early September I returned to the Maker Space that I haven’t been to since before Covid. While initially I went with the intention of finishing a laser cutter project that I started before the pandemic, once I popped my USB into my computer to look at the files – I remembered all of the machine embroidery projects that I had wanted to do. The files were done (or nearly done) but I hadn’t yet had the chance to get to the embroidery machine.

(I also did a few new designs too…)

One of the files is an image of a Viking sailing a dragon-head longboat, based loosely off of an illustration by an illustrator I used to follow on Instagram – Jorundrmott. Unfortunately, he is no longer on Instagram, so I can’t properly reference the artwork. I am not sure what his original source or inspiration was for the design.

Above- Instagram video of the stages sewing this design on the embroidery machine

Some hand work on the ship machine embroidery design

Some hand work on the ship machine embroidery design

After I took the embroidery off the machine, there were a few areas that still needed some hand work to be cleaned up.  I did this with regular cotton embroidery thread (two strands) rather than using the silky machine embroidery thread.

Construction

With the panel of embroidery complete, I chose the handles I wanted to use to make this bag.  For this version, I am using the “chairback” style of handle, in a mid-toned brown stain.  I THINK it’s Tudor stain, but am not entirely sure. I cut out the rectangles for the front and back of the grey wool, as well as a lining of black linen, leftover from my black linen underdress.

I sewed each rectangle together with a small gap at the top of the side seams left open.  I also ‘boxed’ the bottom of the bag which I think makes it feel roomier.  From there I put the lining inside the bag, and hand-stitched the side seam openings to enclose the raw edges. More grey wool made some tabs to attach the handles to the bag, and these tabs went into the opening between the wool and the linen lining.

With the wood in place, it’s a lot easier (and cleaner looking) to sew the tabs in place by hand, so I did just that, with small whip stitches connecting the lining and tabs on the inside, and wool and tabs on the outside.

Carrying the Viking Ship embroidered bag

Carrying the Viking Ship embroidered bag

Strap

For the strap, I tried doing fingerloop, but got totally twisted up because the yarn felt so “sticky”. I ended up just doing a twisted rope of the yarn instead. I keep thinking I should really re-learn fingerloop, or make a bunch at once for this kind of thing, because it’s just perfect to use for these… but every time I go to try again, I seem to lose the practice and get frustrated with myself.

Maybe something to bring up if we ever have in-person A&S nights again for my barony!

 

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Mammen embroidery on tan wool

Stitching the Mammen large face and hands design onto tan wool

Stitching the Mammen large face and hands design onto tan wool

Does this design look familiar? Well, even if you’re not familiar with the Mammen finds, you might remember an earlier post where I stitched this up onto blue wool.

Well, I liked it so much, I decided to use the embroidery machine to do a second round of it on tan wool too!

This design from the Mammen finds is often shared online named “large faces and hands” and I  re-traced it from those designs (not from photographs of the original garment) and digitized it for machine embroidery.

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Grey wool (?) circle skirt

Grey circle skirt

Grey circle skirt

Once I started on my second bias-print knit long winter skirt in October, I decided to raid my fabric stash for a few more fabrics that would work well for a long winter skirt. These are amazing to wear over leggings (especially thermal leggings) in the winter, as they add that little bit extra insulation against the cold.

Along with tan wool, green twill, and a few other fabrics, I also pulled out this lovely grey wool suiting as well.

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CNC router – block printing blocks – Ottoman Crescent

Doing the detailed pass on the CNC router for the Ottoman crescent design

Doing the detailed pass on the CNC router for the Ottoman crescent design

If you’ve been following my blog for a few months at least, you’ll know that I’ve been spending a good deal of time exploring the different tools and machines that the Maker Space has available. In early February I finished my first project – a set of three block printing blocks (based off a 12th century design) and liked the process so much, as it was finishing… I was already designing a few more potential blocks – including this one, based off an Ottoman Empire Crescent.

I started out at the Tie Dye Travels Etsy store (aka Cat Man Do Designs woodcuts by Grav Weldon) to look for design inspiration. While I didn’t copy this design exactly, I was inspired by a crescent shown here as a solo block, as well as here as a “Adorned Crescent Triplet with Cintamani” (the three little dots).

Grav is using a laser cutter now for his wood blocks, and is able to get a lot more detail than I was able to get with the CNC router (at least in a reasonable time frame… I could have had a bit more detail if I had done the whole thing with a MUCH smaller bit… but that would have taken 3x the amount of time!)
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Round griffin machine embroidery

Griffin Machine Embroidery

Griffin Machine Embroidery

Yes… today I have yet another piece of machine embroidery… that I don’t know how I’m going to use yet.

This design is based on artwork by a fantastic illustrator I follow on Instagram – Design_Fiskrart – though I took a few liberties of my own while referencing their work. Of course the original design is theirs, and I am not sure what they based it on since they don’t list their inspiration/source, and don’t post in English.

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