Sorry for the silence!

I haven’t written in a while due to a very busy summer, so here is a quick catch up!
For Pennsic I made a heraldic 14:th century sideless surcote with my own arms on half the skirt and the drachenwald arms on the other half.

Sideless surcote with drachenwald arms on the left side and my own on the right side. It is made of wool and lined with silk. All the dragons, trees, flowers and seeblatts are hand apliqued. There are 29 pieces of aplique on the dress.

Pennsic was absolutely fantastic and I managed to find the guest teacher for Double Wars 2012!
I am happy to announce that Mistress Isobel Gildingwater (also known as Attack Laurel) will come to teach at next years Double Wars!
The planning of her classes at the event has already started and I am very excited about all the fantastic input we will get in late period costuming!

When it comes to my own projects I have started to work on a 14:th century hood made of a naturally dyed and hand woven wool fabric that I got at Pennsic.
The pattern is made by Elina and it is a Greenland style hood. It will be buttoned with Billy & Charlies buttons with a yellow glas stone and will be lined with a soft lamb wool fabric.
However, I haven’t made that much 14:th century stuff and got a bit nervous about cutting my fantastic fabric so I went to my friend Mervi to cut the hood and do some woad dyeing at the same time!
And Mervis dog Eikka also found the hand woven fabric fantastic and made sure to help me with the hood by making a bed out of the cut out pieces… 🙂

Me and Mervi planning and cutting the hood out of the hand woven fabric.


One of the front gores of the hood sewn into place.
Eikka taking a nap on my project.

So the rest of this autumn projects are the following:

*New Greman 16:th century dress with secret jacket project (planned to be done for the event Garden of Earthly Delights)
*14:th century clothing to go with the hood (buttons ordered and fabrics from Naturtuche choosen but will be ordered in October)
*New viking outfit where the apron dress will also be made out of naturally dyed and hand woven fabric aquired at Pennsic.
*New warderobe for my boyfriend – I will help him with cutting but he will do all the sewing!

And on top of this I also have a Cranach dress project and a new landsknecht dress project…
Looks like I have my work cut out for the next year or so!

Warning about Matuls

This is a message I had hoped I didn’t have to write. But this is mine and my lords story that has dragged on for 2 years.Me and Sir GrimR bought a tent from a Polish merchant called Matuls  in 2009.

That summer we went to Cudgel War with the tent and the cotton canvas tent that was supposed to be mildew treated and waterproofed got mildew while standing up in the sun! Most likely morning dew was the factor – but still – a tent should not get mildew while standing up. And during a brief rain it turned out that all the seams of the tent were leaking.After being blamed for packing the tent wet and some other accusations – we finally agreed to ship the tent back, pay some extra and get a linen pavilion instead.

The tent was never delivered in time for next years Cudgel war so we lost even more money since we had to book indoor sleeping.Once the tent arrived it was 3,5 meters in diameter instead of 4 meters! We couldn’t even fit our bed into the tent!Once again – the tent was picked up by a delivery service and sent back.

The next tent that arrived came in late October/early November when we already had snow. In March I had an extensive shoulder surgery so we never had a chance to put the pavilion up for testing until June.When we did that it turned out that it was delivered with the wrong spokes (they were too long), it had 1,5 meters of rope in one piece for closing when it should have a loop closing that takes a LOT more rope than 1,5 meters, it wasn’t delivered with any tent pegs (which was promised when we talked to the merchant – we were supposed to keep the old AND get new ones which he now conveniently had forgotten) and it didn’t have a peg to keep the centre piece for the spoke wheel in place – we had to find a long nail…

When this was mentioned to the merchant he just said: it is a bit late contacting me now and I never promised you any new tent pegs – you got to keep the old ones and it’s not really a problem with too long spokes – it would be worse if they were to short.We ordered a COMPLETE tent – not a puzzle we have to put together ourselves.

Now I have just returned from Cudgel War where it turns out that the new linen tent also leaks from every spot where the spokes meet the canvas so all out stuff has to be gathered to the middle of the pavilion, some sections of the tent go much darker which shows that they are not properly treated against water.

Our tent is unfortunately not the only one that has had issues. At least 3 other tents that have been delivered to people here in Aarnimetsä (Finland) have been lacking in quality. Some severely.The most disturbing thing is however how the merchant Matuls is not willing to deal with any kind of reclamations. He blames the customers, has bad excuses and just does everything to NOT have to help his clients get what they ordered.Customer service is simply not in his vocabulary.And since I speak Polish it can’t even be blamed on language issues.

So please take warning and do not buy from this merchant! If you are unlucky and your goods are faulty you will spend an eternity trying to make him set things right.

And please do cross post to any other lists and spread it to other societies as well!I really do not wish upon anyone else what we have gone through!

PS. One of his tents that was in use for the second time got so heavy during a rain fall that the center pole broke though the canvas. In the tent there was a little baby sleeping!

Pennsic 40 project

I haven’t had that much time to blog lately since my new physio therapist is having me rest my shoulder so that we can get more mobility in the arm eventually. But I thought that while I wait to be able to do two longer posts on some of the gifts I recieved at my elevation and the dress I wore at that occasion I could at least post two pictures of the progress of my Pennsic 40 project.

It all started with a bunch of us saying it would be cool to do something for Pennsic 40 and eventually we went with making heraldic dresses to be used at opening ceremonies and later. When living in Drachenwald we don’t really get an oportunity to be a Kingdom in the sense of we and them if you get my drift. We don’t have a war with another Kingdom, we don’t have Kingdom encampments… In Drachenwald the Principalities or Baronies march to war against eachother.
But at Pennsic we do get to be The Kingdom of Drachenwald and that is a rare thing that we want to make the most of!

So my project is a sideless surcote from the late 14:th century/begining of 15:th century. The debate on how and if the heraldic surcotes were really ever used has been lively and I am aware that this might not be all that historically accurate.
However – if the heraldic sideless surcotes were used they had a ceremonial purpose – and I would say that opening ceremonies at Pennsic is just that! 🙂
Mostly I am doing this dress to be able to show off that I am a Drachenwalder!
Half of the skirt will feature my own arms – the other half the Drachenwald populace badge. But I have altered them a bit.
Theese are my arms:

Theese are the Drachenwald arms:

And here is the panel featuring my arms:

The two parts of the panel will be joined together to form half of the skirt for a sideless surcote. The fabric used is wool and the aplique is fastened by couching a thick wool thread down with a thin one to form a black outline.

This is the panel featuring the Drachenwald arms:

The dragons were challanging to cut out and will most likely be dreadful to couch down – but I am happy with the over all look of the skirt panels!

The difficult candidate

This was not the blog post I thought I would write after Double Wars. In fact, I was planing to write about my new dress and some on the Arts and Sciences during this 10 day Drachenwald event. However, their Majesties had a big surprise for me.
On Wednesday the 1:st of July I was sent to vigil for elevation to the Order of the Laurel.
And I had absolutely NO clue!
Now, looking back, I must have been blind and def to all hints. And lots of things that happened in the past months suddenly make sense. 🙂
But I did not make life easy for all of my friends that were involved in organizing this big event for me.
First I had the shoulder surgery, and then it looked like it had gone wrong so I would have to go back and have it done all over again.
Then, one day before leaving for Double Wars, I decided that my new dress was a disaster and I would burn it and let my dear Lord go to the event on his own.
Once he had gotten me to Double Wars everyone thought that the rest would be easy. But no. On the Wednesday when I was going to be sent to my vigil I was in a really terrible mood and declared that I wouldn’t go to court and instead have a nap. And on top of it all, I did a small disapearing act on everyone when I  went to one of my protéges pavillion and sat there sewing for a while.
They managed to get me to court by telling me that one of my protéges would get an award – since they knew I would want to be there and share her joy.
I did think it was slightly strange that my close friend Helena was so helpful with me getting dressed for that court. But since I have had that shoulder surgery I figured that she was just being nice and making sure I got the help I needed.
And once there everything changed into a dream!
My vigil was set up in  a pavillion and they had decorated it and made sure it looked as historicaly correct as possible. I got some wonderful marcipan decorations (that were very yummy too!), fruit, pies, cheese, medieval cookies and pies of different kinds.
There were flowers and some gifts ready at a table for me, and before it was set out for everyone to sign I got to see my vigil book made by Lord Ludewic. After that everything is practically a big fun blur even though I remember things better than from my Pelican vigil where I was just so completely overwhealmed that I couldn’t remember a thing.

The rest of what happened I will now show you in pictures. And later this week I intend to post a special blog on all the wonderful gifts I recieved. I am blessed with many great friends that made this day truely special and magical. Thank you all for making me feel like a Princess for 24 hours!!!

All pictures except one are taken by THL Lia de Thornegge who graciously let me publish theese pictures on my blog.

Sir GrimR and my vigil guards escort me to my vigil pavillion.
My wonderful vigil guards that stayed with me until 3 o´clock in the morning when the last visitor left the pavillion.
Sir GrimR escorts me to Their Majesties for my elevation. I am wearing my new dress that is made of a red and bronze silk damask and a dark chocolae brown silk velvet that is 100% silk. My veil over the wulsthaube is made of a thin wool and decorated with a silk/metal thread trim. The underskirt is made of linnen at the top and a wide stripe of a green silk damask at the bottom.
Me kneeling in front of Queen Eleonora.
Mistress Helena spoke for me as a member of the Order of the Laurel. She and I both live in the Barony of Aarnimetsä.
Sir George spoke for me as a member of the Order of the Chivalry. We both started in the SCA at about the same time and he lives in my home Shire, The Shire of Attemark.
My protéges and my dear lord all got front row places during the ceremony. From the left: Lady Åsa Fredriksdotter, Lord Vilhelm Torbjörnsson (holding my banner), in the background my lord Sir GrimR and then Viscountess Whilja de Gothia.
Mistress Johanna spoke for me as a member of the Order of the Pelican. We also both live in the Barony of Aarnimetsä.
Countess Judith spoke for me as a Lady of the Rose. We helped eachother through some tough times in the SCA together.
Lady Sahra spoke for me as a member of the populace. This is a rather new ”tradition” in Drachenwald and Lady Sahra also lives in the Barony of Aarnimetsä.
Duchess Alienor tells about the lineage of the medallion. It was given to her to keep for a Nordmark Laurel from Duchess Anna Blackleaf (I started in the SCA in the Principality of Nordmark, Shire of Attemark). Duchess Anna and I used to make scrolls together (for instance) when she lived in Drachenwald, and I cried some more when I was presented with her medallion!
Master Paul carries my chaplet into court. It was made by Estrid, Baroness Nordmark. She comes from my home shire.
King Vitus places the chaplet on my head. Or should I say on my wulsthaube. 🙂 The cloak is Drachenwalds elevation cloak and was put on my shoulders by Mistress Alienor and Mistress Bridget.
It is hard to be in a bad mood when one has just gotten a Laurel! I was very happy that I went to the event and that I didn't burn my new dress... 😉
After my ceremony. Picture taken by Duchess Cecilia Jonsdotter.
Me at the Grand Court at Double Wars one day after my ceremony. I am wearing the chaplet made by Baroness Estrid and a broche medallion given to me from my lord and quite a few friends. It is a Pelican/Laurel medallion from Darkridge Jewels made out of silver, amber, fresh water pearls and garnets.


At the moment I am busy with preparations for the event here in Drachenwald called Double Wars.
I am responsible for the Arts and Science schedule as I have been the past 4 years or so. 🙂
This year we have a very promising schedule with loads and loads of classes, and currently I am working to get them all listed online. I am a bit late with this due to mu shoulder surgery, but I am hoping to have it all done this weekend.
I myself will be responsible for one workshop and one class – the workshop is a part of the Pennsic giftbasket and the class is a lecture on who the landsknecht women were.
I am at least hoping I will have time wnough to prepare that class!

I have also booked my tickets for Pennsic and this year I will attend the event for the full two weeks! I am looking forward to see my old friends and I am also hoping to meet some new. 🙂

For Double Wars I still have some hope to have my silk damask dress ready and for Pennsic I have some plans, but we will see what I will get started on as soon as I am done with all the work regarding Double Wars. The arm is still giving me trouble after the surgery and will most likely do so for quite some time, so I have had to lower my expectations on what I can achieve a bit.

Brick stitch

As usual I am working on several things at the same time – especially now since my shoulder surgery has limited the use of my left arm. One thing that has been easy to do is brick stitch embroidery so I started a small pouch.
The pattern is from the blog Medieval Arts & Crafts and I have used a 36 count even weave with thin woolen embroidery thread bought in Tallinn (usualy used for their traditional  embroideries).
I did start out with a completely different embroidery thread, all naturally dyed but thicker. That turned out to be to thinck for the 36 count even weave though so I switched to a different thread. Now I feel a bit uncertain if the new thread is to thin, but it looks a lot better than with the thicker thread…
I chose a warm scale of colours and had some help with the bold choice from a close friend. 🙂
The picture doesn’t really make the embroidery justice since it is quite enlarged in the picture. This is a tiny embroidery where each square measures about 2 cm in hight. Look at the needle to the left for some sence of scale!

My first more serious brickstitch project made on linnen with woolen thread.

Sneak peak

Just to show you what I am working on now…
Here are the fabrics for my next dress!
The red/bronze damask is 100% silk and so is the chocolate brown velvet!
The damask was aquired through ebay and the silk velvet was bought in my favourite store in Tallinn.
This project has been prepared and now I am just waiting for my shoulder to be well enough to cut it!

red/bronz silk damask and a chocolate brown silk velvet (it is actually 100% silk!) for my next German 16:th century dress!