On the hunt for Diamond Twill

Some of my purchases from Historiska Fynd

Some of my purchases from Historiska Fynd on blue/blue diamond twill

After scoring some gorgeous blue diamond twill during my trip to Finland last summer, I am still on the lookout for MORE. I know that the chances of finding more of it on my next summer trip to Finland will be slim (though you KNOW that I will look…) so I thought I’d look elsewhere too. (Since the seller didn’t have a website)   Continue reading

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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

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

Black and white wool tote bag

Black and white wool tote along with a naalbound hat and some of my Viking Age bling

Black and white wool tote along with a naalbound hat and some of my Viking Age bling

Just a quick post here – nothing too special, just thought I’d share the new bag I made for my Viking Age reenactment gear for events.

I like my block printed black wool tote bag for events, but have found that the (secret) zippered pocket inside is a bit too small for all of the things I want to keep secure – so I opted to make a new bag with a much larger internal “pocket” for secret (secure) stuff… It’s also embellished with pretty embroidery. Continue reading

Spiral naalbound hat

Selfie wearing my new spiral-striped red and blue naalbound hat. The hat was made using the Oslo stitch.

Selfie wearing my new spiral-striped red and blue naalbound hat.

When I took a class at the SCA Twelfth Night event on nålbinding, I asked the instructor about the spiral design I’ve seen by a few other textile artists. While the instructor didn’t have advice, since she hasn’t used that design yet, I was still inspired to give it a whirl myself all the same.

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