Viking costume inspiration: Embellishment
Beyond jewellery, other embellishment (like embroidery, trims, etc) is also something I wanted to look at. Most of the designs I’ve seen use tablet-woven trim, and in some cases small embroidered motifs around the neckline, but I thought in case there are embellishment opportunities, that a little look at designs I like might be useful. First up, (above) Odin’s Ravens Huginn & Muninn (Old Norse for “Thought” and “Memory”). Originally I saw this image on Pinterest, but it tracked back to a tumbler account.
This dragon sketch has been widely distributed on Pinterest, but it leads back to a deviant art account image.
A common symbol I’ve seen popping up several times is the ægishjálmr – (also apparently called the ayjershjelmet) which translates to the “helm of awe” or “helm of terror”, a magical symbol which would make the wearer invisible or unkillable, worn on the forehead between the eyes. While I don’t imagine there will be a lot of battle at the upcoming wedding… it might be an interesting nod to the mythology to embroider the symbol on the top of a hood…. 🙂
I don’t know if I want to include any of these, but I like having the reference. 🙂
Although most (but certainly not all) of the apron-dress panels have been relatively unadorned (apart from a bit of trim at the neckline) the two-piece apron front panel certainly would lend itself nicely to embellishment, like this panel from Deviant Artist Flashgriffin. I could see doing this or something similar by machine with a very narrow and short zigzag, or even couching. The artist describes this panel as white DMC cotton thread split stitch on linen.
“The design is based on a wood carving, apparently. It’s supposed to represent the twin silver wolves of Borealis.”
Further, she says that the panel is about 2 feet long by about 8 inches across. In this photo it isn’t complete; the final owner will be adding loops at the top to hang the panel from the brooches. Pinterest is proving to be a great source for ideas, this is another that I originally pinned before following through and reading the original page.
I might come back to add more things to this post later on, or I might just continue to add things to my “To Holmsgard and Beyond” Pinterest board.