Linnaniemi, Hämeenlinna hoard necklace in person

Linnaniemi, Hämeenlinna hoard necklace and other items from the hoard

Linnaniemi, Hämeenlinna hoard necklace and other items from the hoard

Linnaniemi, Hämeenlinna hoard necklace in person

In my previous post I showed the display of silver necklaces from the museum castle at Hämeenlinna. Today I’ll go into further detail on the necklace they had on display – the Linnaniemi, Hämeenlinna hoard necklace.

(I realized only after the fact, that I had a lot of up-close photos, but not many whole-necklace photos… and unfortunately, the one above was the best one!)

Warning… this post has a LOT of detail, which might not be interesting to my regular readers!

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Hämeenlinna necklace artefacts

Necklace display from Hämeenlinna

Necklace display from Hämeenlinna

In November I visited Hämeenlinna (the castle Häme in the town Hämeenlinna in Finland) and pretty much near-exclusively visited in order to see the necklace artefact that I based my A&S project on when I made a necklace inspired by it.

Quotes are taken verbatim from the display – there are some grammatical errors, but I’m just pleased that there was an English explanation to begin with!

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Fabric (and yarn!) shopping in Finland & Iceland

Fabric from EuroKangas in Finland

Fabric from EuroKangas in Finland

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’d be a bit delayed in some of my costume posts, because some Real Life™ had come up – well that Real Life – was some wonderful travel! For much of the month of November I was in Finland and Iceland (again! My second visits to both countries) and that means for nearly a month I wasn’t sewing or writing at all…

But I did shop for fabric!

Finland

My first stop in Finland was in Turku, a beautiful city that I loved during my first visit to Finland on the west coast. I stopped in EuroKangas, the large fabric store chain, which is located at the top floor of a department store. There I bought:

Fabric from EuroKangas in Finland

Fabric from EuroKangas in Finland

Approximately 2 meters of rich dark red pvc – this is going to be an amazing purse/bag I think… This was sold by weight rather than yardage, at the side of the store. (Top row, far right)

5 meters of creamy-silver-grey silk (taffeta weight, no slubs at all – it’s super smooth) – I have this in mind for a Tudor/late-period gown. 100% silk, “Silk Assortment” 19,90 Euro/meter (pretty good) (Top row of the photo, far left)

5 meters of yellowy-green silk (taffeta weight, very few slubs) – this is so not my normal colour, but there was something about it I really liked – perhaps the price! I bought enough for a simple late-period kirtle/dress, though I also think I might try dying it, since it’s a light enough colour that I think it will overdye well. 100% silk, “Sanderson – homecoll” 9,90 Euro/meter (wow!) (Top row of the photo, second from left)

3 meters of olive green silk knit. I bought some of this knit in a grey colourway last time I was in Finland, and although I haven’t actually made it up into anything yet, absolutely love the fabric. I think this will be a loose pullover top. 100% silk, “Moda Jersey” – 27Euro/meter (ouch!) (Top row of the photo, second from right)

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Viking round brooches at the Saga Museum

Round brooches on her shoulder at the Saga Museum

Round brooches on her shoulder at the Saga Museum

In my research thus far about Viking garb, it looks as though round brooches to hold up apron dresses were different in different areas where they were found. This suggests that different areas had different fashion trends for their brooches. The brooches show on this figure in the Saga museum are round instead of oval, which was apparently the style found in and dated to ‘Luistari, Eura, Finland, ca 1020-1050AD’ – Source: Quiet Press

Viking-style round broaches at the gift shop in the Turku Castle

Viking-style round broaches at the gift shop in the Turku Castle

Likewise, when I visited the castle museum in Turku, Finland, it was round brooches they had in their gift shop, not oval ones.

Further to this, I found a map via a poster on the forum biodiversity who posted the picture below, (Original source unknown) suggesting that the location of different gravesite finds of different brooch styles can suggest different ethnic groups.

The map shows that the “Gotland” style animal-head brooches were sporadically found in gravesites, mainly in Sweden. The oval “tortoise” brooches were found all over Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Denmark, with additional finds in the UK and elsewhere. The round Finnish circular brooches were found primarily in Finland and the closest edge to Sweden, with sporadic finds in the nearest area. There have been no finds of these round brooches in Norway or the UK (where most of the original Icelandic settlers came from) nor Iceland itself.

Locations of Viking Age brooch finds

Locations of Viking Age brooch finds

 

 

Note: though I find nothing wrong with it at all, below is an image of a wax figure depicting a bare breast. If that offends you, I suggest you skip to another post.
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Traveling in Turku

Hat shop in Turku

Hat shop in Turku

Wrapping up my photos and posts about Finland (or at least those about costume, crafts, and fashion) I thought I’d share a few quick photos from Hattu & Hansikas – a hat shop just around the corner from our hotel in Turku.  Despite my love of all things millinery, I never got the chance to pop into the shop – it was closed when we walked by, due in part to our late schedule, and in part due to the Midsummer holiday.

Still, it was lovely to look through the window at some of the great examples like this embellished felt beret (above).

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