Saving signatures with machine embroidery

Paavo's signature on one of my two Apocalyptica t-shirts

Paavo’s signature on one of my two Apocalyptica t-shirts

This is mostly a photo post today…

Apocalyptica is one of my favourite bands – they play metal and hard rock with cellos, adding in a drummer and sometimes a vocalist.  Over the years I’ve had the chance to meet them after the show or during Meet & Greets a few times, and the last time I was able to get all of the artist’s signatures on the tour shirt. Continue reading

Hedeby-style Viking bag

Wearing the small version, a first attempt at a bag inspired by the Hedeby 'handles'

Wearing the small version, a first attempt at a bag inspired by the Hedeby ‘handles’

In an earlier post I showed the handles I made for a Viking-inspired bag in the style of the Hedeby handles and the speculative bags made from that design.

For this post, I’ll show you what I did with the wood handles, to make a fabric bag!

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Red & black Viking apron panel

Photo credit ©Mysticus Photography - my new embroidered apron panel along with other elements of my Viking Age Norse wardrobe

Photo credit ©Mysticus Photography – my new embroidered apron panel

In my Viking Age Capsule Collection post I mentioned that I wanted to slowly transition my Viking Age wardrobe to a red / black / grey / blue colour scheme. I found this red and black twill fabric at the Grandmother’s Fabric Sale in spring 2017, and since it was only 0.6 meters, there wasn’t really enough to do much. I reserved a piece for this apron panel, and then used the remainder for reverse facings on my black and red wool (blend) coat.

Colour palette for my Viking Age costume wardrobe

Current Viking Age Palette

I decided to do one side of this apron panel with the red, and the reverse with the same black I used for the coat. No real reason other than I had pieces of both leftover, and both match my current desireable colourway.

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Black Gold Tapestry

Really interesting "brick" depiction on the Black Gold Tapestry from the Ancient World section.

Really interesting “brick” depiction on the Black Gold Tapestry from the Ancient World section.

The Black Gold Tapestry is on display at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum as part of the Canada 150 celebration. It’s on display until May 21, 2018, and was installed and first opened on October 7, 2017. I visited the Glenbow with another textile-loving friend (the owner of Black Sheep Handspvn) in early November.

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Beginner Blackwork class

Beginner blackwork class started with a piece of graph paper

First blackwork embroidery

At Avacal’s September Crown, one of the classes I took was a beginner blackwork class with my Barony’s former Baroness (who also does super-beautiful embroidery!). I haven’t done blackwork before, partially because it looks so complicated, but also because I’ve always thought it was a bit later than any of my main costuming personas.

Our instructor definitely helped clear up that first thought though!

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