November Naalbinding

November's naalbound hat (and me being super-goofy)

November’s naalbound hat (and me being super-goofy)

Quick post today – just to show off the new naalbound hat I made, finished off in November.

It’s purchased 100% wool yarn, a dark grey heather made of Icelandic Lopi yarn. (The wool I brought back a year earlier from my trip to Iceland!) This is the alafosslopi.

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Rose-embellished apron panel

Appliqued flower on a green wool apron panel

Appliqued flower on a green wool apron panel

You might remember that a while back I made an embroidered “Viking”-style apron panel. I’m still not entirely convinced of this style, nor do I think that this kind of embroidery is totally appropriate for Viking Age, but in the SCA these panel-aprons are abundant, and I wanted another way to show off my championship as Montengarde’s Emerald Rose (since I’m also wearing the Avacal Championship regalia), so I decided with a piece of gifted green wool, that I’d make an apron panel decorated with a green flower.

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Another Nålbound hat

Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

A while back I made this new hat using Nålbinding. (Naalbinding) which I wanted to try out a different technique. I used the same yarn as my third naalbound hatLamb’s Pride Bulky, a 85% wool, 15% mohair blend, but this time in a charcoal grey instead of brown heather.

For this hat, I did a panel at the front with sort of a ribbed technique (which actually is basically a reversed Oslo stitch) which shrinks up the front of the hat, while the back is longer – so the ‘hem’ of the hat is a bit nicely shaped for the face. The rest of the hat is Olso stitch.

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Historical Sew Monthly: Protection

Set of five Jorvik hoods for largess

Set of five Jorvik hoods for largess

The March 2016 Historical Sew Monthly challenge is:

 Protection – make something to protect yourself (from weather or injury) or your clothes (from soiling etc.)

I missed the February challenge because I really just didn’t have the time, not to mention I only had a rough idea of what I wanted to make. Unfortunately I’m not feeling especially historically-inspired this month either. Most of what I’m sewing right now is mundane clothing which I’ve been neglecting for several months while working towards SCA costumes and projects.

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Beothuk’s photos from Coronation

As mentioned in my previous post, like at Twelfth Night, I wasn’t able to take much in the way of photos at Avacal’s Coronation and the Kingdom Arts & Science Championships because I was swamped trying to do other things. Luckily, one of the local photographers (Beothuk)took MANY amazing photos, and published them publicly online.

All photos are direct links from his Flickr feed – if he removes them, they’ll break here. All copyright his.

My Finnish Iron Age costume

I opted to wear my Finnish Iron Age costume for my presentation (using my early attempts at the coil-embellished apron and necklace while the updated, more accurate versions were on display for the judges to touch and feel). For Court in the evening though, I swapped out and wore the updated versions. Beothuk got a few photos  (I didn’t get any!)
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Court was pretty much hilarious all the way through – I don’t think that there was a single time I wasn’t laughing.

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