Even though the costumers who aim for authenticity seem to loathe the pointy, toque-like, ‘santa’ hat… I wanted to make one nonetheless. Continue reading
Photo above from Beothuk’s Flickr feed. Direct link, no copyright violation intended.
In another instalment of “how much work can I do last-minute before an event?” I decided to tackle the Kaarina Iron Age (Finnish) hat.
This is a much-later post, as I actually made this earlier, but never actually finished it off, so put off posting this. As I’m going through my archive of drafts, I figured I’d share it – even in the stage it’s in. Continue reading
It seems like greens are difficult to get with natural plant dyes, so when I read that green (even bright acid green!) could be obtained with Lupine flowers, I wanted to try it.
We have had lupine growing in our backyard for years – the flowers seem to be a favourite of bees, and they are a dramatic, beautiful, colourful flower. I read on The Easy Blues that lupine is originally a North American plant, though I remember being in Vantta, Finland and seeing vast fields full of them… they self-seed, and the seed pods POP sending the seeds all over the place, so apparently there they’re almost treated like a very pretty weed.
One of the ‘wardrobes’ I’m examining for my Capsule Costume Collection is my Finnish Iron-Age costume ‘wardrobe’.
Finnish Iron Age capsule wardrobe
Calling my Finnish Iron Age costume items a “wardrobe” is a bit ambitious really. Right now what I have for this costume amounts to very few garments.
- I have one peplos-style overdress, and use the under dresses from my Viking Age wardrobe.
- I also have a small selection of accessories including a hat, two coil-embellished apron panels, and a few pairs of mittens.
- I also have jewelry like a set of brooches, and two necklaces. There are other accessories I would like to add (or improve upon what I have) like a knife.
However, each layer works well with other layers, and I think it’s another good candidate for a capsule wardrobe.
Back last spring, I was excited to receive some woad seeds from a friend in Norway.
I’m unsure about the variety of woad these seeds were, but based on photos online, I suspected that they were European Woad ( Isatis Tinctoria ) versus Chinese Woad (Isatis Indigotica). The Chinese version apparently isn’t particularly good for dyeing, as it doesn’t have enough indigotin compared to the European variety.