Cudgel War 2014 photos

.. are now online over on flickr. Enjoy.


Stiffened upperbodies, Gnagy bodies 2

We had much fun trying out the Gnagy measurement method to draft doublet bodices at the beginning of the year, and it produced some gorgeous looking gowns, however, mine did not provide me with the support I’d like so I said I would do it again, adding in some compression in the measurements.

Today was that day, and I decided on 2 inches of compression at the bust level and 1.5 inches at waist. I’m currently making it up into a stiffened upperbodies, which will be sort of a test for a full gown. Hopefully, I can build a chocolate brown silk dress on top of this.

“Medeltida textilier kontra moderna tyger”- Inköpsställen

A list of nice retailers of textiles, yarns, threads etc for historical stitching, compiled my Maria Neijman.

För alla er som var på föreläsningen på Gotlands fornsal i Visby, och alla andra som kan vara intresserade, här är listorna!


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Summer Survival – Refurbishing undergarments

So I wrote up a new post, which turned into a page detailing my Brand New Summer Survival Clothes. Hopefully that page will get updated throughout the year to help me survive next summer’s events. With the scorchers this year I definitely need to refit my closet.

Summer survival chemiseAnyway, the first thing to happen is that my new chemise that I made over the summer ended up too long, so I cut off four inches off the hem, so I won’t forget to re-hem it.

Cudgel and Visby Medieval Week post mortems

The three biggest event of the year are over, Double Wars, Cudgel and the Camp at Visby Medieval Week. Double Wars went great, and the bleh I felt right before it turned into awesomeness and inspiration directly after. The hype was great before Cudgel and I spent it exactly as I wanted, doing not much at all, trying out the horned headdress styles seen in early 1400s art, and witnessing Lady Sahra becoming Mistress Sahra, and in general ambling about being relaxed and hanging out with cool people and eating awesome food all week long.

Before Visby I had again started to feel a bit blah, but the only thing fixed on the Visby schedule was to talk for 15 minutes in my speed lecture (how to analyze and learn a new calligraphy style) on Wednesday at 1 pm. The rest of the time there was slacking, more slacking, slowly walking around the market and town, socializing and snoozing. The food was not as regular and awesome as at Cudgel, where we paid for it beforehand, and having to pack up on Friday and leave in the middle of the night sort of sucked.

Visby ferry in the middle of the night - misery
Visby ferry in the middle of the night – misery

The weather was pretty spectacular (although entirely too hot) and our camp beds are so comfortable I didn’t even miss my own bed at home. However, I am now feeling anti-social in general and will probably need to isolate myself for a few weeks to re-charge.

I had nothing I wanted to purchase at the market, which is Sweden’s largest medieval market and attracts some really cool merchants, but I ended up buying:

  • one new silver ring, set with a square onyx
  • Visby purchase of fabricone metre of a green goose-eye twill for a blingy hood
  • some blue linen to make a heat-wave kirtle out of
  • one stoneware plate (and one for Ed)
  • one charm-hanger in pewter and
  • one black plastic mug (and one for Ed), practical as travel feast gear we hope

We also spent quite a bit of time, on Friday and Saturday dreaming and planning our next tent, how to furnish it etc, etc. Right now, we’re dragging the entire encampment down with our crappy set-up, which makes it less fun to go.

I did bring my camera to Cudgel War, but have not yet edited the photos, but I didn’t bring it to Visby, because we had very limited space. I did take a few shots with my mobile phone, but they’re nothing to write home about.

The next event I’ve planned on going to is October Crown, and I’m not sure about that. Maybe cozy A&S event in Gyllengran (Glöta Gillet) if it’s got a fun theme.

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