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?


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

Not much is happening at the moment aside from tablet weaving. I’ve recently got some inspiratione to continue on my golden ribbon, which is a very good thing since I actually have to a deadline with this project.

a Supernatural episode + tablet weaving = progress (add some distraction for drool-worthy Winchesterbrothers 😉 )


… not that I really left it but christmas and new years also meant a break from SCA. Tonight was this years first shire meeting and it was nice to meet everyone again. An old member turned up again after moving back to the city as well as a new member (yay!) who seemed enthusiastic and will fit in with the rest of us. We made plans for our every-other-week-meetings until summer. There will be sewing, dyeing, woodworking, calligraphy and other medievalish stuff! I have high hopes for this year.

I’m planning on going to Double Wars in May, we didn’t go last year so I’m looking forward to it. We’ll see how many other event I go to.   Civil Wars are already booked but it hardly counts since it’s my shire event. I’ve volunteered to be the head cook this year and I’m looking forward to improve the feast even more.

Going to Double Wars means I’ve got to get started on garb. Right now I have a couple of dresses that sort of fit – that’s all! The Herjolfsnäs gown need to be finished and then I hope to sew a GFD, darling husband also need new clothes. Other than that I hope to do lots of tablet weaving and dyeing this year.

What are your plans this year?

I’m slowly starting my Herjolfsnäs-gown project. I’ve been doing lots of reading (in Danish!) in Else Östergårds book Som syet til jorden (Woven into earth) as well as searching the web.

Reading list:

On a side note, David Brown Book Co takes pre-orders for a new book by Östergård (with cowriters Anna Norgard and Lilli Fransen) called Medieval Garments Reconstructed: Norse Clothing Patterns. Looks interesting as is due to be published in December 2009.

I want to start a new tablet weaving project but inspiration seems to have left me. Do you have any tips for tablet weaving I can do with my dyed wool yarns?

I have totally forgotten to tell you about the dyeing I did in August. When everyone else had a wonderful time at Visby Medieval Week we decided it was time for some more dyeing. This time we went to Sigrid and Egil and the main focus was indigo and madder.

Dyed wool and silk.

Dyed wool and silk.

Sigrid had prepared the indigo reduction but made a slight miscalculation so instead of dark blues we got the above result. It was still very pretty! The red yarn is dyed with madder, most of them are over dyed with yarns we dyed in July that didn’t turn out with a useable colour. We also hade some yellow wool from the birch leave dyeing that we over dyed with indigo. Yellow + blue = very pretty greens!

Dyeing with indigo is very special since the indigo needs to be combined with oxygen for the yarn to turn blue. You may then put it down in the dye bath again and take it up to get a more intense colour.

Dyeing silk with indigo. See how the yarn becomes more and more blue as the indigo is combined with oxygen.

Dyeing silk with indigo. See how the yarn becomes more and more blue as the indigo is combined with oxygen.

I’m eager to try more indigo dyeing, especially with the silk. The silk I just during the dyeing was purchased from Solsilke and it will be interesting to see how well it works with tablet weaving. I bought two different types of thickness, one for weaving and one for embroidery.

Pretty blues.

Pretty blues.

Came home from work today (first day after summer vacation) and the mailman had brought me a package! It was a lovely Crafty Challenge gift from Racaire – a very cute needle roll. Thank you Racaire!

Needle roll from Racaire

Needle roll from Racaire

On another note, a couple of weeks ago I gave Dis her Crafty Challenge gift. It’s was my latest tablet woven band (TWE No 3). She promised me pictures when she has put it to use (probably on her viking garb).

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