Dressew in Vancouver

Dressew fabrics in downtown Vancouver, BC - a great source of a wide variety of fabrics, trims, and notions.

Dressew fabrics in downtown Vancouver

In an earlier post I shared a few photos from my visit to Atex Designer Fabrics in Vancouver, BC. I mentioned that it was right across the street from Dressew – a regular destination for me pretty much every time I visit Vancouver. Today I’ll share a few photos from Dressew which I visited when I was in the city in late September 2017.

You might recognise the name… I’ve blogged about Dressew before too – there’s a reason I love it!

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Dawn’s Corset Class: Where to get supplies

I frequently am asked where to get supplies for corset-making. Some supplies you can likely find locally, where as others you’ll likely need to order online. My list is Calgary and Alberta-specific; if you live in other places and want to buy locally you’ll need to do some additional web-searching.

Fabrics

Close up on the silk and sheer lace overlay on the purple silk corset

Close up on the silk and sheer lace overlay on the purple silk corset

  • Fabricland – for pvc, brocade, cottons, velveteen, etc
  • Quilting shops – for cool cotton prints
  • Fabric.com – for pretty much every kind of fabric
  • Fabric-store.com – for linens (for historical corsetry)
  • Farthingales online – for coutil and other fabrics
  • Up in Edmonton I also like Marshall’s for Fabrics.

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Turku Medieval Market demonstrations and vendors

A demonstrator showing spinning wool with a drop-spindle.

A demonstrator showing spinning wool with a drop-spindle.

This is the last post I’ll share about the Turku Medieval Market, (Keskiaikaiset markkinat) which is apparently the largest medieval market in Finland. Thus, it’s a bit of a photo-dump, with a number of photos about both demonstrations and other vendors I haven’t shared yet.

Music demonstration

Musical performers at the Turku Medieval Market

Musical performers at the Turku Medieval Market

There were a few different musical demonstrations that took place in the “stone sauna” area however I only caught one.

I have some video to share of this performance – please visit my Facebook page to see it!

Additional vendors

There are a few vendors I didn’t shop at and couldn’t really fit into the other posts I’ve made in the past. I wanted to share them here to show off some of the goods – but also to show off how they displayed their wares.

There were a number of different vendors selling wooden items to start with. I was really tempted to add some new wooden platters and bowls to my Viking Age -inspired feast kit – but I didn’t want to spend suitcase space on them with so many other things to shop for… I am hoping to still be able to find good pieces to add to my kit locally.

Additionally, there were a few vendors selling clothing and soft accessories. I’d like to pay special attention to the booths themselves. There were several of what seemed to be pre-made booths for some of the smaller vendors at the market.

One of the vendors at the Turku Medieval Market - Kaspaikkakerho (?)

One of the vendors at the Turku Medieval Market – Kaspaikkakerho (?)

In once case, there were little tables that had little roofs – they looked a bit like old-fashioned village wells. This really gave a medieval feel to the display rather than just having an ordinary table with a tablecloth on it.

The unifying look also was beneficial to the overall atmosphere.

These little “wells” were all in the garden/park area of the market, tucked along paths between trees and bushes. I suspect that the well roofs didn’t really offer the vendor much in the way of shade, so the shady area was likely appreciated.

One of the vendors at the Turku Medieval Market - Muinaisemum (?)

One of the vendors at the Turku Medieval Market – Muinaisemum (?)

In contrast, the public market square part of the market, as well as along the river had larger booths with a larger table out front (with the same tablecloth as the well-style tables) and a backdrop and slanted partial roof of red and blue fabric. The market square has very little shade, so these booths must have offered much more shade for the vendors.

Demonstrations

There seemed to be two types of demonstrations – vendors and volunteers.

Vendor demonstrations

A demonstrator showing spinning wool with a drop-spindle.

A demonstrator showing spinning wool with a drop-spindle.

I really liked the demonstrations being done by the vendors – showing off some of how they made the goods they had for sale. This vendor for instance (left) was selling sheepskins, wool insoles, drop spindles, and then a number of other wool-related items… and she stood demonstrating the drop spindle.

Her set up with lots of different levels and textures is nice too – and the Viking A-frame tent with the flap up gave nice shade.

A woman doing tablet weaving, while her male companion is doing some wood working at the Turku Medieval Market

A woman doing tablet weaving, while her male companion is doing some wood working at the Turku Medieval Market

The next photo is from near the booth where I bought the diamond weave twill – though I don’t actually remember what they were selling. She sat doing tablet weaving while he was doing some woodworking. It made for a charming tableau.

Volunteer demonstrations

In addition to the vendors doing demonstrations, there were also volunteers. I felt based on their attire that they had been rented from a costume company, since they were a bit “generic medieval” and there were several that were the same as one another apart from the colour (as well as some who were wearing almost a uniform…)

There were some sheep on display, some volunteers showing how to play games, some volunteers running a sort of carousel for children, and lots doing sort of a LARP / role-play in various areas. Unfortunately since they were all speaking in Finnish, I couldn’t figure out really what they were doing.

Check out the A-frame tent above – it’s huge! The people inside were demonstrating something on the floor, but I didn’t check it out.. I was too overwhelmed with how enormous the tent is! I have some video to share from different areas of the market – please visit my Facebook page to see it!

Turku Medieval Market – Fabric shopping

Linens for 7.50€/meter at the second market stall selling fabrics.

Linens for 7.50€/meter at the second market stall selling fabrics.

In June and July 2017 I was in Finland again (along with a side-trip to Estonia!). One of the highlights of my trip was a visit to the Turku Medieval Market, (Keskiaikaiset markkinat) – apparently the largest medieval market in Finland.

With the encouragement of readers on my Facebook page, I decided to take one of my Viking Age costumes to go explore the market on it’s first day. Over the next few posts I’ll share some of the demonstrations and market stalls at the market. If you’re coming to my blog long after I’ve posted, you can see all of these posts by reading the Turku Medieval Market tag!

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