May 2010

Bought it at Double Wars and is currently devouring the chapter about the cap of St. Birgitta. Very interesting. I’ve read what Isis (one of the co-authors) has published on her blog but that was of course just bits and pieces.

A bunch of other people have recreated this cap, a few of them are:
Viktoria Holmqvist – Arachane´s blog
Åsa Martinsson at – Textilverkstad (in swedish), read the pdf here.
Piia Lempiainen – Pistoksissa (in finnish, english version here)

Yesterday I visited Nicole (our shire’s newest member) and helped her out with some pattern making. She has also made a first draft for a St Birgitta cap! It’s really inspiring to get new productive members to the society. Now I really need to finish the chapter so that I can start making my own cap.

Contents of book:

1. From Flax to Linen in the Medieval Rus Lands
Heidi M. Sherman
2. “Melius abundare Quam Deficere”: Scarlet Clothing in Laxdaela Saga and Njals Saga
Anna Zanchi
3. The Wandering Wimple
Lucia Sinsi
4. From Head to Hand to Arm: The Lexicological History of “Cuff”
Mark Chambers & Gale R. Owen-Crocker
5. Visual Textiles: A Study of Appearance and Visual Impression in Archaeological Textiles
Lena Hammarlund, Heini Kirjavainen, Kathrine Vestergard Pedersen & Marianne Vedeler
6. The Cap of St. Birgitta
Camilla Luise Dahl & Isis Sturtewagen
7. The View from Herjolfsnes: Greenland’s Translation of the European Fitted Fashion
Robin Netherton
8. The Art of the Exotic: Robinet Testards Turbans and Turban-like Coiffure
John B Friedman
9. “The Same Counterpoincte Beinge Olde and Worene”: The Mystery of Henry VIII’s Green Quilt
Lisa Evans
10. Recent Books of Interest
11. Index

Looking back at this project I’m sure I made some sort of promise to myself that I wouldn’t start any crazy weaving projects again… Right. This project is from the Anna Neupert book with patterns from the early 16th century. Very similar to the Birka bands. I’m doing mine in madder-red wool (that I’ve dyed myself) and a gold-like thread from DMC. Very spiffy! Takes forever! Anyone surprised?

lots of fighting … interesting classes … lazy evenings … meeting Neulakko … duke sir master master Sven … weaving … learning new skills … lots of kids everywhere … meeting friends

Flat side won – already looking farward to next year (and next SCA event)!