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