While I am still composing my thoughts, and pulling photos, about Pennsic, I thought I would share a blog by an amazing artisan from AEthelmearc, Lady Elska Fjarfell. If you ever wanted to know about ancient practices of soap making, brewing or tons of other cool things, I highly recommend looking her up at events.
I have not done one of these posts in a while, so thought I would share this amazing site that I just saw on one of the Facebook forums. Wow. This woman's kit is impeccable. Click image below to go check it out (it is definitely worth the time)!
I love that the internet allows one to connect with (and be inspired by) artisans all over the world. Mistress Sahra is a master artisan who is known to many as someone who does exceptional Finnish tablet weaving. Along with Maikki Karisto, she authored the book Applesies and Fox Noses. This work which has really changed the way many re-enactors look at, and produce, tablet weaving. (This works seems to have helped many people take a step away from bands comprised entirely of diamonds or chevrons to more complex patterning.)
What I recently learned is that she also weaves textiles and recreates extraordinary historic garments. (Actually, until today I was unaware that she was even in the SCA. She hails from the Barony of Aarnimetsä in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.) As much as I love her tablet woven bands, I have to say that I am more impressed with her work on garments and in creating an entire medieval presence.
She has two blogs, one of which is located here: http://turkudress.blogspot.fi/
This blog covers every step of her project to recreate a dress from medieval Turku, from research, to design, to weaving and then crafting the gown. The amount of work in this one garment is astonishing and the end results are excellent.
To see her other work (both tablet weaving and in garments), you can visit her additional blog here: http://hibernaatio.blogspot.fi/
The blog is loaded with great photos of her work, as well as events she attends (and those in Drachenwald really have some incredible event sites). It is definitely worth looking at for inspiration!
I dance, race cars, play video games and am on a fantastic journey to recreate the past via costume, textiles, dance and food.
Blogroll of SCA & Costume Bloggers
Below is a collection of some of my favorite places online to look for SCA and historic costuming information.
More Amie Sparrow - 16th Century German Costuming
Gianetta Veronese - SCA and Costuming Blog
Grazia Morgano - 16th Century A&S
Mistress Sahra -Dress From Medieval Turku
Loose Threads: Cathy's Costume Blog
Mistress Mathilde Bourrette - By My Measure: 14th and 15th Century Costuming
More than Cod: Exploring Medieval Norway