Handcrafted History

Historical and modern handcraft mixed with adventures


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Medieval wedding dress

I’m in the process of making my wedding dresses, which will be from the late 15th century.

Of course I want a nice looking wedding dress, but at the same time I want to be able to wear the dress on more occasions than the wedding. So I wont be having a pure white dress, since that is really unpractical. Instead, I have bought some lovely green (yes, I know I already have that green shade on several garments…) wool, a darker green velvet and a creme coloured silk fabric. This combination will be the wedding dresses, but it’s hard to decide exactly want I want to do.

But I have started with the basic dress in the creamy silk (or is it more like ivory perhaps?) cutting out the skirt and drafting the pattern. Now I have a bunch of orders to tend to, but after that I’m planning to sew wedding clothes only for a couple of weeks!

I also plan to make H a new outfit fot the wedding. We will match, of course, so I’m looking at the late 15th century and planning a doublet in silk (see below), hose in black wool, and an outer garment made of the same green wool that I bought for myself. The shirt will be in white linen or silk.

Anyway; I’ve made a pinterest folder with some inspiration and the different fabrics I’ve bought; https://www.pinterest.se/handcraftedhist/medieval-wedding-ideas/

If you have any input on design or practicality- feel free to send me a note here or on facebook!

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The SCA event “Double Wars”

This week has been going real fast, maybe too fast forward. We are packing and preparing for the big SCA event Double Wars, which takes place in southernmost Sweden. In our case, that includes a 10 hour long drive over half of Sweden. I really like roadtrips, sweatheart isn’t that thrilled, but I promised we could buy a bag of candy to come along in the car…(yes, that worked)

The event is a really big one, and also over a week long, with outdoor medieval encampments and lots and lots of activities such as archery, handcrafting, cooking, fighting and such. And parties, of course. The event is also commonly referred to as “Knäcke” which basically means the hard, swedish crispbread. To make the war a bit more interesting, somewere in the beginning people wanted to find som real (but not political or religious) issue to battle about. The choise fell on what side of the crispbread you should put your butter on (a very noble issue indead) so now, every year in Sweden, hundreds of fighters gathers to battle over what side of the bread is the right one… Brilliant! Sometime it is the details that is the most important.

We have been building some simple furniture for our camp, sewing som new garments (mostly underwear) and preparing meals and a comfy camp. Lots of extra job, and my business have been somewhat put on the side for some days. But I’m sure looking forward to the event, were I will have workshops and a market place during the market days.

Our friend R visited us earlier this week, and got the nice task of helping with our tent… (he’s way taller than I am, perfect for reaching to the top of the tent). As you can see, there isn’t much grass and greens yet- the spring has been rather late and cold so I’m packing som warm woolen dresses, a hood and some woolen socks for sleeping in (wool really is the best for keeping warm).

Yesterday I realised that there was going to be a mask bal at the event. I’m last on the cake, I know, but I suddenly wanted to make some masks… Now, of to do some more laundry, packing, cooking and other shores…

I wont be posting here during the week, but you can follow our adventure on Instagram at #handcraftedhistory. And if you’re going to the event- you can find me at Lady Branna’s camp and I would love it if you came by and talked to me!

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Medieval wedding

We are getting married!

And, to make it all more fun, it will of course be a medieval wedding!

Now, when the invitations are out, I can finally write about it. Some friends think we have been a bit secret about the whole thing, but the fact is that we wanted to wait until we had date and place booked before we told everyone. That, and the fact that we are a bit lazy getting things done. I really am a deadline person- I work best when the time to wrap things up is upon me.

So, this summer we will have a medieval wedding with friends and family. I’m starting to feel quite exciting about the whole thing, but also I’ve realised there’s a lot of planning involved with a wedding (good thing that I have a background as a larp and medieval event organizier). Of course, H is also doing his share, but fortunately we are interested in different details of the wedding. As you have already guessed, I’m sewing our clothes, while H is more interested in the weddingcake or thinking about what kind of drinks we should have- fine with me!

Since both our families aren’t that into medieval things we decided to keep it all quite simple- medieval inspired foods, drinks and games, and a plea to our guest to dress for the occasion to the best of their effort. I also have planned to make some sets of clothes for family members that aren’t that into medieval clothing…

Naturally, the wedding will take some time and energy to plan, which means that the blog (mostly tutorials) will have to take a step back for some time- but I won’t abandon you. There will still be updates from events, photos of new garments and of course some more wedding-themed writing. So stay tuned!


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My calendar this summer

This summer’s calendar is getting fuller and fuller. But after the middle of August, things seems to calm down. Where are you going this summer? Do you have any particular events or markets that is “too good to miss”?

This is the events that I have planned so far:

6-7 May My workshop in Uppsala (still some spaces left, come and sew with me!)

20-28 May Doublewars in Nordmark (come and join my workshops and check out my inproved shop!)

30 June- 2 July VÄV-gillet in our group Gyllengran

13-15 July Skellefteå medeltidsdagar (I will hold a workshop, an open lecture and also a sewing workshop- come and join!)

18-23 July Hägnans medeltidsdagar (my hometown with it’s magical event. I will work in the handcraft camp and bring my shop)

27-30 July Saltvik (which is kind of a maybe yet but I’m sure planning for it!)

6-13 August Medeltidsveckan i Visby (come and visit me at Kapitelhusgården and join one of my workshops!)

That’s it, so far! There sure will be more events, and most of June is booked on a good thing that I will tell you more about next week =)

(from Hägnan last year)


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Sykurs helgen 6-7 maj i Uppsala

Äntligen är alla detaljer klara och lokal bokad, så nu kommer den ut officiellt! Välkomna på sömnadskurs i centrala Uppsala helgen 6-7 maj. Jag kommer hålla en helgkurs för dig som vill tillverka egna medeltida (sago) kläder, bli bättre på att sy och rita mönster, få hjälp att sätta ihop fina plagg efter dina egna mått och mycket mer!

Kursen kommer hållas ca 10-18 på lördag + 10-14 söndag och under helgen kommer vi bland annat gå igenom enkel mönsterkonstruktion, inprovning av tajtare plagg, passform, siluett, ärmisättning, sömnad på maskin och för hand, och givetvis massor av inspiration, tips och sömnadsknep. Oavsett om du vill sy medeltida korrekta plagg, inspirerade mysplagg eller fantastiska sagoklänningar så är det här kursen för dig- med gott om tid för eget skapande!

Under kursen finns det verktyg, material, symaskin, mönster och litteratur att låna- så ta med dig dina egna projekt (eller skisser på vad du skulle vilja göra) och material så arbetar vi under helgen med både personlig handledning och allmänna sömnadstips. Det är bra om du provat att sy innan (några gardiner eller ett gammalt projekt i slöjden) för att få ut mesta möjliga av kursen, men du behöver absolut inte vara “duktig”- jag hjälper dig att skapa det du vill ha!

Pris: 1200 kr/person för hela helgen. Rejält eftermiddagsfika på lördag ingår.

Platser: 12 st (för att kunna ge alla massor av individuell handledning så är deltagarantalet lågt)

Anmälan och betalning: anmälan med namn + tel.nr till linda.handcraftedhistory@gmail.com, betalning i förväg till bankkonto/swish (betalinfo + adress fås i svarsmail). Anmälningen räknas som godkänd när betalningen kommit in, först till kvarn på platserna. Om du får förhinder är det ok att överlåta din plats till annan person men avgiften betalas inte tillbaka. Frågor och funderingar kring kursen tas via mail.

 

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The Spring Crown Tournament p 2

Yeah, I know I’m a bit late. But I totally blame the sunny spring weather, meaning that I’m spending my free time outside in the garden or at the stable with my horse. But here’s some more photos from Spring Crown as promised!

 

To get a picture of the autocrats (the main organizers) I had to sneek around and take them by surprise. Above L in her 16th century trossfrau outfit. Below G and Å during a break, while they were actually sitting down on the sofa.

They do seem a little sneeky looking- what are they up to?

L and S working with table decorations in the form of eatable fairy tale houses.

Hanging out by the shop (E & T)

K from Medeltidsmode selling her fabrics…

…and S in her fabulous party outfit thinking about bying some.

And some more nice outfits and happy people hanging out before the banquet during Saturday:

K in his new coat I made for him. Looking real spiffy!

 

Waiting for the banquet, with plates and tableware ready (and some wine in the glass)

After the banquet the party spread out over the site, with dancing, good conversation,

and a couple of additional snacks from the dessert table.

 

All together, it was such a nice event! But, this was all the good photos I had to show you, and now I’m of to my home town Luleå for a weekend of workshops in Frostheims SCA group. We’re going to have such a good time, and I will teach everyone to make good patterns for medieval fitted outfits. So, next week will probably be a workshoprelated post, and then I have some really good posts coming up on a certain theme…

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The Spring Crown Tournament

Last weekend me and sweetheart went to a really good SCA event with over 200 people, lots of fun happenings, new friends and a good party. Our group Gyllengran arranged everything, though we only helped out on some small tasks. And, of course there was a tournament, won by Duke Siridean MacLachlan and Lady Jahanara. (Drachenwald crown tournament can be equaled with EM for you non-Sca people who wants to now). I had my shop with me so most of the time was spent selling stuff and talking to new and old friends, but I managed to take some photos from the event.

Handcrafted Historys shop with lots of handcrafting material, accessories for both medieval and viking outfits, some tutorials, jewelry and second hand stuff. My friend B sold stuff to the right, and Kerstin from Medeltidsmode sold her nice fabrics on the far end. Of course I didn’t need anything so I didn’t buy any fabric. I just bought a small piece for a very important but for now secret project…

To keep warm I wore my new houppelande dress, hand sewn in green wool, lined with silk inside the sleeves and trimmed with silk at the bottom. The front is trimmed with rabbit fur that I bought from a woman who breed rabbits for food and fur in her home (she takes good care of the animals, and the tanning is made eco-friendly. For me it’s really important were I get the fur from, since I’m an animal lover and strongly against any cruelty).

On my head, a 15th century hairdo and also my 16th c yellow gollar, lined with some more fur from the same as above, to keep me warm.

Banquet hall is getting prepared and decorated.

Some fighting outdoors with a really big audience.

J & Bs son had a really cute hat to keep warm, and of course a handsewed viking outfit to match his parents.

K looking awesome in her new trossfrau outfit!

My love in the middle, looking as if he had some mischief planned.

I forgot to ask for their names, but I met this really nice couple and look at her amazing headwear! Wow!

This will now turn into an inspirational blog post since people during the afternoon started to change into their party outfits. There were so much nice clothes and handcraft everywere, so I just had to leave my shop with K some time to be able to take photos (no, I didn’t have a chance to take everyones picture but I wish I did). If you know the SCA names of the persons, or the ones that are behind this really awesome outfits- please leave a comment on the post!

The event took place in a really big school, and just as we used to sit around the floors during the breaks when we were in school, some took up small picnics with handcraft during the event.

Ds party outfit, an Italian 15th century I believe.

Well done and awesome 14th century outfit.

There will be a part 2 with more photos, as soon as I have had time to sort them out. Hang in!

(And as usual, if you don’t want to appear here, just send me a notice and I will remove you from the blog. You are also welcome to use the photos you appear on, for private use only, as long as you link to the blog and write out me, Linda, as the photographer.)

 

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