Wool viking hoods

Two new steel blue/grey wool hoods - one adult, one child size.

Two new steel blue/grey wool hoods – one adult, one child size.

Count this as a bit of a throwback post in itself – I actually made these ages ago… took the photos – but never ended up blogging about them!

This is a super-quick post, just showing off a simple, easy project … (easy and quick to do by hand too, even for newer sewers and historical costumers!)

They’re simple wool hoods, based off UK Viking finds. One had a curved point, the other was just a square (and made of silk) – I like the curved shape, and a fine, smooth wool not only feels good, but is a warm option, and works great under other hats too… since so little of it would be seen under other hats, it’s probably useable as a coif for later periods too.

Close up on the stitching on the steel blue/grey wool hood. The herringbone stitch is on the interior of the hood, while the smaller stitches are on the exterior.

Close up on the stitching on the steel blue/grey wool hood. The herringbone stitch is on the interior of the hood, while the smaller stitches are on the exterior.

I made two from this beautiful steel blue/ grey wool – one for myself, and one in a child’s size. The child sized one I ended up donating to Largesse for my barony.  Both have pinprick stitching for the hem on the outside… and a herringbone stitch on the inside.

I used linen thread for this, in a bright red.

Two new steel blue/grey wool hoods - one adult, one child size.

Two new steel blue/grey wool hoods – one adult, one child size.

Keeping the stitching even is important… but I honestly don’t stress about it. I actually did this while on the bus (a while ago, pre-pandemic) to visit a friend in Edmonton!

Doing a herringbone stitch to secure the hem of this wool hood. (While in the car!)

Doing a herringbone stitch to secure the hem of this wool hood. (While in the car!)

Below.. a photo wearing the hood (but not wearing any of my Viking Age garb.

Wearing the larger of the two steel grey/blue wool hoods.

Wearing the larger of the two steel grey/blue wool hoods.

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