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

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

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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York stitch nålbound hat

Selfie in a blue wool naalbound hat. I used the York Stitch for this hat.

Selfie in a blue wool naalbound hat.

When I took a class at the SCA Twelfth Night event on nålbinding, the instructor taught us the York Stitch. I ended up not quite following her directions, but adapted what she taught to a technique that felt more natural to me.

The stitch is the same, it’s only how I treat the working yarn that is different than her instruction. Her instruction was perfect though for someone new to naalbinding – to keep the steps clear.

In the class I was working on a hat, but the stitches were very inconsistent as I was learning the stitch. When I got home, I decided to put that project aside (since I only had the yarn from class, nothing that matched at home) and start a new project using the York Stitch.

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