In summer 2013 our eldest daughter went with us to Drachenwald Summer Coronation and 20th Anniversary. Besides sewing clothes for her I also made her a pair of turn shoes. I’ve made turn shoes for myself previously but this was my first try making a pair of children’s shoes.

I used this method for constructing the pattern and was fairly pleased with the result. It was a quick project so I took the time to sew hidden seams. Our 1,5 year old was not that interested in fitting the pattern so the shoe is a bit low at the ankle and slips of easily. Lesson learn for the next pair that I’ll make. For the upper I used an elk hide that I had in my stash, it’s to soft for adult shoes as it will stretch to much but it worked well for a children’s shoe. The sole came from a friends stash, a bit thinner than I would use for an adult shoe but I probably wouldn’t have been able to turn the shoe if the sole was thicker.


Sewing the upper to the sole.


All the seams are done!









Wonky seams at the sole.


Soaking the shoes before turning them.








We are going to Double Wars in May and unfortunately the shoes are already to small for our youngest daughter. But it was a quick and fun project so I look forward to making a pair each for them with improved changes.


Used and slightly stretched.

What is your experience with making and wearing turn shoes?


Schhh… did you hear that? Yep, it’s the sound of a new post being published at Cristina’s ramblings.

It’s been a while, two daughters “got in the way” of any desire or time to write anything here. I have made a few items since I last made a post so I thought I’d start slow and post a few photos and write a little about it. Here is the first one:


The first project for my wooden tablets that I got in October 2011 was to finish the edges of my first Herjolfsnäs gown with tablet weaving. As you can see in the picture I used two tablets and 4 warp threads. They are threaded in diagonal holes and it’s important to do one S-tablet and one Z-tablet otherwise the ribbon just want to twist. I used so yellow dyed (probably birch) wool yarn from my stash.

The finished result!


The pictures are from my Instagram feed so they are a bit fuzzy.

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 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.