I was in Vancouver in late September, and one of the first places I visited was Dressew, a fabric store I’ve been to a number of times before, and blogged about a few times before as well. I noticed that a store I haven’t been to before opened up across the street – Atex fabric. I had to check it out!
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.
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
There seemed to be two types of demonstrations – vendors and volunteers.
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.
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.
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!
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!
While trying to clean up my sewing room, I realized that I have a LOT of fabric, and a lot of if that I won’t really ever get around to sewing up.
With that in mind, I’m doing a little online auction to sell off some of my extra for cheap. This is really only useful for people in Calgary or area, or who will be at some of the events I’ll be at in the near future.
There are more fabrics in my auction than I have pictured here… these are just a few of them. 🙂
To check out what I have for ‘auction’ please visit my Facebook page!
Please note – I’m trying to SELL these fabrics. Over the past year I’ve GIVEN away a lot of fabric (several boxes worth actually), but these are fabrics I’ve bought and am looking to get a little bit for.