måndag 17 juni 2019

Gotvik's summer picnic

Every year in June Gotvik holds a summer picnic in Keiller's park, and this year it last Saturday.

It was a really pleasant afternoon, which included socializing wtih really nice people, yummy food, harp musc, a toddler, dogs, and a stranger asking about us and ending up being at least close to rectruited ;)

I wore my remade gothic fitted dressed, originally made in 1998.

And the (for me) obligatory selfie when historical clothing on public transport ;)

torsdag 13 juni 2019

A new 16th century knitting project

As you might have seen I have made several flat caps from the Gagiana pattern that Marion McNealy constructed  based on a preserved flat cap from the 1583 Italian shipwreck of the same name.

Two of them

I also used the same pattern as starting point for one of those 17th century knitted tall hats that they have found in Denmark.


Photo by me, from the National museum in Copenhagen

That one wasn't a perfect success, so if I make another one I will make some adaptations to the pattern.

But, happy as I am with the Gagiana pattern - it is easy to follow and makes excellent flat caps - I have now had the opportunity to have closer looks at preserved flat caps at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, plus photos from other museum collections and I have come to the conclusion that at least most of them are made from thinner yarn than worsted. I also want to make a split overlapping brim. I know that there are patterns for that which you can buy, but I'm cheap too ;)  So I may have to make my own pattern (how hard can it be? Famous last words). I am making it for Sir Måns, because my husband doesn't wear 16th century.

I was thinking about using fingering weight, but then I fell in love with this sport weight yarn.  It is from a local spinning mill, and really nice to work with. 

I started with knitting a swatch, which will later be hand (or foot) fulled). it is 35 stitches and 25 rows on (from bottom) 3 mm, 2,5 and 2 mm needles. I'm sort of hoping that the 2,5 mm will be fine enough.

Now I will measure the swatch before felting. "Now" as in when I have worked some more on an article for The Journal of Dress history.

torsdag 6 juni 2019

Maintenance Monday...and week

Someone in Drachenwald started the idea of "Maintenace Mondays", when you take care of you historical clothing and other stuff needed for our hobby. I don't keep with it regularly, because generally I am so good at fixing stuff that I don't have anything to do in that field most Mondays.
   But after a big event such as Double Wars there is of course a lot of things to do: like cleaning the bottom of your wool gowns (which are white wool or lined with white wool), with a sturdy brush and soap. And washing all your linens.

But I also re-made this bed spread, made from wool and fake fur:


I made it 13 years ago or so, when I was a member of another medieval group, and it has the devices that my husband and I had registered within that society. When we (re-)joined the SCA we couldn't register exactly the same devices, but of course I could still use my bed spread.

It was, however, made when Rickard and I, and little Maja, still slept on two 90 centimetres wide foam matresses and thus way too big for our new 120 centimetre bed (which Maja doesn't slep in ;) ) Still, I made it work reasonably well. Until this Monday when I decided to remove the fake fur and cut it down to make a smaller bedspread (from 210 to 170 cm). And when the fur was removed I could just as well re-make the devices.

It's a bit wrinkly in the photo, partly because of the lumpy bed under it, partly because it had been packed in a very full plastic tub while slightly damp. It will get better.

But now it will fit our bed better, and have the correct devices.

tisdag 4 juni 2019

Some more Double Wars photos

Me and Julia Margaretesdotter getting awards for service to our barony,

Photo by Agnes Edgren/Countess Agnes Odygd

Fru Elisabeth Thorbyornsdotter getting both St.Egon's bolts, and her Award of Arms

 Fru Elisabeth and Fru Julia in our camp

 Hubby in the woods

måndag 3 juni 2019

Mixed photos of (mostly) my garb from Double Wars

I am back, I have a bad back and a flare in my arthritis. So for now you just get a bunch of photos.

Me, me, me:

I twas much colder this year than last year, but of course I swam in the lake a few times.

The first sunny day was Laurel sponsored A&S display and I showed off my quilted auqueton while wearing 1360s Italian garb.

And another walk, on my way to the lake to swim. Green wool gown based on the illustrations in the Maciejowski Bible (c. 1250) More info here.

A plum coloured wool surcoat with three-quarter sleeves, lined in thinner white wool, in the early 14th century style, worn with a striped veil and a small circlet.

The heat on Friday made me take the sleeves off my Venetian 16th century gown when I went for a stroll in the woods.

Yes, the back should be this low. But it's not very practical, the straps keep falling off my shoulders.

Wednesday court, in my 1330s Genuese outfit.

Thursday court, in my teal Saxon court gown.

Friday court in my new Venetian gown.

Camp, other people

Gudrun and Emund looking spiffy.

My Mistress, Helwig, inspecting the embroidery on the shirt that I made for Sir Måns.

The camp of my SCA barony, Gotvik.

Hubby by the lake.

lördag 25 maj 2019

A quick Venetian flag fan

Since I now have a Venetian 16th century gown, and since I hope that Double Wars, where I'm going tomorrow will have at least some sunny and warm weather I decided that I needed to make myself a flag fan.

Some quick googling found this awesome page, and there I learned that only young maids and newly married youg women had white fans, while old matrons like myself had painted fans.

I really want to make a proper one, probably from parchment with cut out pattern, and embroidery, and a fancy handle, one day, but for now I made it simple, and from not very period materials:

a dowel
some beads from a hippie necklace
cotton broadcloth (well, that's period)
cotton fringe (ditto)
acrylic paint

First I wanted to copy a 16th century painting of Venus, because they apparently often had slightly risque motifs painted on them, but I didn't find one that I liked, and I was too tired from my arthirtis and infections to look around more than an hour or so. So I made a painting of Diana, and possibly not a very renaissance one, on one side, and my arms on the other side.

And it really cools wonderfully during a hot flush ;)

And tomorrow I leave for Double wars.

onsdag 15 maj 2019

A 16th century Venetian gown in the making

Those who follow this blog on facebook have probably seen that I have been working on a 16th century Venetian gown. That is actually one of the very few European fashions from the period 1000-1600 that I haven't made previously, but I always knew that I would make one some day.

Anyway, I soon realized that the shifts that I already have wouldn't work with it, since it's cut rather low in the back (and the front, but that's more common). So on Monday I started on a new, hand sewn shift. it is almost finished, but I needed to see where the neckline should be, so I had to try the gown on.

It is made from a cotton damask and the main purpose of this gown is to make something pretty that I can loll around drinking bubbly in. The sleeves are detachable, for decadent lounging on blankets at Double Wars.

My main inspiration for the sleeves was this painting from the 1550s, by a follower of Veronese:

When trying it on I found that I need to reinforce the lacing (it is laced through two rows of ribbon on the inside) and that the cord that I had used for lacing had gotten mysteriously much shorter - thanks to this lovely lady:

In other news I have an inflammation in my uterus (of all places) and I'm on two types of antibiotics and I feel really crappy.