More woodburned boxes

Three of the pyrography embellished wooden boxes I made, displayed with tablet weaving.

Three of the pyrography embellished wooden boxes I made, displayed with tablet weaving.

In my previous post, I mentioned that I took a pyrography class at Borealis Yule, and then was further inspired to try to give the craft a few more goes.

I wanted to make bling-boxes for my Viking age costume jewellery, as well I thought they’d make for a nice way to store things like tablet weaving, sewing supplies, and other things.

I did a number of different designs, largely inspired by Fiskr Art, tattoo designs (which are Viking-inspired, not necessarily representative of historic artefacts). In my previous post I showed off some boxes with designs with dragons or serpents with naalbinding needles, and in this post I’ll show off some of the other designs I did as well.  Continue reading

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Woodburned boxes

Tracing over the design of a dragon/serpent with a wood-burning kit.

Tracing over the design of a dragon/serpent with a wood-burning kit.

At Borealis Yule, teaching a pattern-drafting class for millinery wasn’t the only thing I got up to – I also took a pyrography class! In the class, the instructor provided the tools to do the wood burning, and also boxes. We didn’t get a lot of advanced notice on the size of the boxes (since he had to go out and buy them) so I had to pick a design kind of short-notice. I went to the Instagram account of Fiskr Art, and was inspired by a design… so created my own with a lot of the same elements. Continue reading

Turku Medieval Market – block printing

A chance to try your hand at block printing at the Turku Medieval Market

A chance to try your hand at block printing at the Turku Medieval Market

Today I’ll continue sharing highlights from my visit to the Turku Medieval Market, (Keskiaikaiset markkinat) in Turku, Finland.

A few of the blocks available to play with at the Turku Medieval Market

A few of the blocks available to play with at the Turku Medieval Market

There were a number of vendors at the market, demonstrations, and activities. One of the activities that was set up was the chance for people to try their hand at some block printing.

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I’m naming all the stars

I'm naming all the stars - poured acrylic painting

I’m naming all the stars – poured acrylic painting

A few months ago an acquaintance started a Craft Swap – the basic idea is that every month a theme is selected, and we have a week or so to opt-in to that theme…. once she has all of the committed participants, she pairs people up randomly, and we have a month to make a craft (any medium) on that theme for the other person. We then arrange between ourselves where and when to exchange the craft (with the intention of it being near the end of the month).

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