There has been a few posts lately about nålbinding on a forum I sporadically visit. What got me excited was the link to Neulakinnas Nalbinding. What an impressive collection of instructions and videos! Yesterday I watched a few videos and felt really inspired to pick up my needle, select some yarn and start making something!

 

source: Hibernaatiopesäke

Have you seen Sahras cute braided edge on her mittens? It looks complicated but I don’t think it is. I definitely have to try this on my next pair of mittens.

There isn’t any handicraft being made at the moment, all projects are put on hold in favour of adorable daughter. But I thought I’d share some interesting and fun stuff I’ve been reading about lately.

  • Kathy at Medieval Arts & Crafts made this pattern inspired by a beautiful tiled roof in France. It shows that inspiration will find you anywhere!
  • Eva has finished her One Year and Thousand Eggs project and started a new blog about cooking: Let hem boyle… Caution! Reading her blog will make you hungry! :)
  • Edyth shared a link to Wikipedia Commons with a directory of manuscripts organized by century. Take a look here!
  • Apparently frills are the new black! At least according to Elina. Read about her project or take a look at all the work that Isis had done.

Two years ago, almost on the day, we went on a pilgrimage to Vadstena. It was windy, but looking at the pictures makes me long even more for spring!

 

A couple of days ago these beautiful tablets arrived in the mail. I found them on Etsy: Ampstrike, a seller from Estonia. The size of the tablets are 5×5 cm, with a thickness of about 1,5 mm, and made from walnut and ash. The ones made from ash are slightly thicker but I don’t think that will be noticeable when I weave with both types mixed.

The first project I will use these for is finishing the edges of the sleeves on my Herjolfsnäs gown.

Katheryn at Textile Time Travels gave me this award. Thank you so much!
Apparently you’re suppose to answer questions (see below) and then give the award to 5 blogs you like. See what I mean by disguised chain letter!

My answers to the 5 questions:

1. When did you start your blog?
My first entry here was in early 2008 but I fiddled around on zoomin.se before that.

2. What is it about?
It’s about historic costume, weaving, cooking and other things that relates to my interest in SCA and reenactment. I focus on the 14th century but things from other time periods seems to sneak in as well. “Late medieval stuff” sums it up.

3. What are the differences between this blog than others?
Probably not that much, it’s a pretty generic textile history blog. I try to include pictures in all my posts because that’s what I like.

4. Why did you started it?
I wanted to share my knowledge and give others the opportunity to learn from my successes and mistakes. It was also a place to publish my documentation as well as getting feedback on my ideas and projects.

5. What would you like to chance in your blog?
I’d like to move it to an own web hosting so that I could combine it with other things like a picture gallery. I would also like to have inspiration and time to post more often.

And the award goes to these excellent (gorgeous) blogs (make sure you visit them!):

It amazes me that a lot of readers check in here every day even when I haven’t updated in forever. Thank you for that!

Sweet Elina at Neulakko posted a YouTube-clip a while back and I thought I’d show it here for those of you that haven’t seen it.

It’s the Lincolnshire based group WAG Screen that has been working hard with a film that reenact scenes from the Lutrell Psalter. The film really is worth watching with beautiful scenery, wonderful music and lots of inspiration for recreating the early 14th century.

Wag Screen has also made several behind the scene clips, make sure you check out their YouTube channel.

A lot of people do impressive stuff that goes unnoticed. Some things are small, other things are big. It’s time for the rest of us to see this. Here is the first installment of Bragging rights: amazing things that needs to be told!

Did you know that the shire of Juneborg owns a house? And it’s not just any house – it’s a newly built wooden house based on constructing methods from the 12th century.

The house in spring glory.

I think everyone in Juneborg have had a hand in building the house – more or less (less in my case, I dug a ditch – that’s about it). But the main heroes are Kjettil and Gröne.

It’s taken years with both manual and electrical tools but now it’s there – and almost finished. It has already been used in several LARP events and hopefully Juneborg will use it in the future.

The door with decorations.

More things will be added around the house in the future. An oven is already being built.

So, next time you see Kjettil or Gröne – tell them what a good job they have done!

Earlier this year I visited the Castle and Cathedral Museum in Linköping. It’s a small museum situated in parts of the castle and with 50 SEK and an hour to spare it’s well worth a visit.

The museum was focused on two points of time; the 13th century with Birger Jarl and the 16th century with Gustav Vasa and Bishop Hans Brask. A collection of archeological finds made in the city is on display and well-built models of the castle. Ceramics, textiles and other household items are among the things on display.

These are a few of the things that caught my eye:

A shoe in very good condition from the 13th century.

Metal fittings from a book. Take a closer look at the decorative pattern (probably 13th century).

A knife with a leather sheath, needles and a thimble (13th century).

Linen hose found in the privet... (15th century)

Window glass from Linköping Cathedral, from the end of the 13th century.

Click on the pictures for a larger view and please visit the museum webpage for more information: http://lsdm.se/ They have several photos as well as a summary in english.

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