“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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Obs! Hos alla handlare ovan finns det massor med olika garner/tyger- inte alla garner/tyger passar medeltiden. Köp prover först! På så sätt slipper du överraskningar i annorlunda färg, grovlek osv.


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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.

Double Wars post mortem

Double Wars is the best event in Drachenwald, it’s ten days with a solid fighting and A&S schedule, plus regular parties and camping. We usually stay indoors because we don’t have a car to bring the tent and stuff, and it sometimes is a little bit early, so can be a little bit chilly.

This year I was again part of the stewards, together with Meisterinne Katheryn taking care of sign-ups and scheduling for Arts and Sciences. This year we put 58 classes on the schedule (with some classes repeating a few times). Plus organizing the Laurel Academy day on Wednesday with classes taught by Laurels in the morning, followed by a general display in the afternoon for everyone else to display their stuff and talk about their projects.

It went well above my expectations, the classes went well, and the display had 12 people there (plus one more who just put their items there but did not stay to talk to people about them) who put on really cool displays of stuff. Some were more put together than others, but it is a new concept so I was certainly not expecting perfection from anyone, which made it that much more impressive that there were a few really awesome displays. All the others were also interesting and I am so glad that there was time enough for me to sit down with everyone to talk to them about their stuff. Sitting with your arts and talking about them is the best part of doing things!

I had tokens to leave for everyone, plus one special prize for the display that wowed me the most. However, since we had twice as many displaying as I had hoped for, I am now out of tokens! And since we are running another similar day at Cudgel War, including the display, I now have to come up with something else to give out there.

As for the loot, I had brought with me three embroidery frames for sale, two had been spoken for in advance, the big slate frame by Lady Alyna, and a small L-shaped frame by Fru Þóra. The other L-shaped frame was snatched up by Lady Renike, and another wood-turned thread reel I sold to Lady AElfwynne.

I turned right around and bought up some epic loot for my profits, to start with filament silk from Baroness Mechthild of Knight’s Crossing (which I had pre-purchased via a thread on facebook, and was delivered by Baron Konrad). I have black, white, green, red, yellow and blue so all the heraldic colours – except purple. I’m going to prepare some hanks of the white to dye at Cudgel this year. Just for fun. I might attempt to get a purple.

At the market I also abought a few things: A perfect handbag basket which can easily be made into a court-basket, perfect for a bottle, a glass and camera, plus external pouch for cookies. Or with another insert become a feast gear bag that can carry all feast gear and then store a bottle of something. It is awesome.

From Kapitelhusgården I bought a couple of small ostrich plumes for my second flat cap, plus four glass-topped pins to keep them on the hat.

From a smaller merchant I bought a blue and white linen fabric which I’ll use for pillowcase and maybe some other bedlinen things. It is gorgeous, and I hope after washing it will be even more lovely. This was the only fabric I purchased, Edricus however got fabric for a couple of new 16th Century outfits.

The only other thing I bought was a small mundane gift, which I’ll send off.

I’m now at home, all my stuff is unpacked, laundry-room is bocked for Thursday and on Friday the local shire is doing the pilgrimage from the Church in the middle of town out to Old Uppsala.