A Nightly Embroidery

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See, this is what happens when you forget to use your embroidery hoop: You risk the fabric stretching weirdly and getting out of shape. This piece was perfectly symmetrical when I drew it on the fabric, it just… contorted a bit as I was working on it. Let’s pretend we don’t see that, m’kay?

This is something I’ve been working on for quite a while. I would say it’s an image of Nótt, but that would be wrong. It is an image for Her more than it is of Her.

 

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The thread is wool, the fabric it’s embroidered on is linen, and then the whole thing is sewn onto another piece of wool fabric. The technique is mainly split stitch. The wooden stick holding it up I made from a juniper branch, and the detail of the button is an old button originating from gods know where. Oh and the design is all my own.

 

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For all its flaws, I am fond of the result. I just wish my drawing skills were better, and that I had thought to use a hoop to keep the fabric straight. But never mind that now, in this case the meaning within is more important than the execution. For Nótt!

 

 

Embroidery done

 

Finally! An embroidered emblem for Marcus’ tabard. Now I just need to make one for myself as well.

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Don’t laugh at the silly lions. Or do. Medieval lions are supposed to look silly!

 

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This here is not exactly a recent picture of us. But who cares! I just wanted to show you what the black-and-yellow outfits actually look like. Which reminds me… mine seems to have gone mysteriously missing. Have I lent it to someone and forgotten about it? Given how forgetful my mind is it wouldn’t surprise me.

 

Advertising vs honestly recommending stuff

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a company willing to pay me a bit to advertise their online services here on this blog. That had never happened before, so I was a bit stunned! And flattered, of course! Tempted to say yes, sure! Money is nice, right? And again, it was very flattering.

Now, I haven’t accepted. And I probably won’t. Because in the end I figured… I have no frakking idea if they are worth endorsing or not. They are aimed particularly at people with mental health issues, and while they might be just lovely I don’t know that. How can I tell followers of mine to spend money on something that might be crap? Or worse, might potentially make those mental health issues worse?

So here I am, not advertising them. Instead, I’m going to share with you some of the items we have bought this summer (more specifically, in Visby during Medieval Week). Not because anyone is paying me to advertise for them, but because I personally found these things bloody awesome and the small scale crafters/musicians making them deserve the praise.

 

 

 

I am still looking for info on some of these and so will have to add more later, but here’s what I can say right away:

Idisi, awesome medieval fusion band from Moscow  – that’s the cd you see there.  We saw them perform at the market, and aaaah yes. So good. Would definitely have gone on to see their concert later that night if it wasn’t for the fact that we by then had left the island.

Historiska Fynd  – see the bronze pieces? The spear pendant, the Fenrir pendant, and the two little ‘thingies’ that will go onto a belt. Based on archaeological finds. Absolutely fabulous, I get pretty much all my bronze stuff from this guy.

Mariefred Pottery made those ridiculously pretty blue-brown jugs-and-little-flask. Oh and I gotta say, you can fit an entire bottle of wine in one of those jugs, they’re brilliant.

Medeltidsmode.se – The fabulous wool fabrics you see there are from these guys. I stood forever unable to decide between the blue and the green, so I ended up getting both.

Tallgårdens Krukmakeri – See the blue-ish mugs? Gorgeous. We’ve bought things from this place pretty much every year in Visby, it’s such a talented crafts(wo)man!

Gott från Idholmen – That jam you see there is just mouth wateringly good. I wish I bought more.

 

Still looking for the correct links to the rest of the stuff seen in the pictures, so I’ll have to get back to you on those.

 

But there you are! Stuff! Actual awesome stuff that I honestly can recommend!

 

Busy busy, no time to waste!

I have had a number of blog posts almost written this last week. One about the most marvelous wild raspberry jam I made, and one about a this year’s disastrous blackcurrant jelly (it didn’t set, so basically I have lots of sweet blackcurrant sauce). And a couple of cat posts for Katzenworld!

But alas, I have been unable to write properly since I got back from the Netherlands. The reason is no great unknown –  next week is Medieval Week in Visby and I am busy sewing. While navigating a chaotic world of panic and anxiety, as I’m still not really recovered since my last downfall. So basically my days at the moment look something like… this:

Breakfast -> short burst of sewing -> mini panic attack -> short burst of sewing ->anxiety attack -> short burst of sewing -> go outside to pick some berries in attempt at not panicking again -> panic anyway -> collapse, feeling like I just ran a marathon.

 

Yeeah, it’s not great! But it’ll be alright. I’m so far pleased with how the sewing project is coming along, and I think I’ll manage to finish it before Visby. (It’s that or go nekkid! I can’t fit in my old clothes at the moment. *sadface* )

 

So now, blogging will have to wait. Or well, I did manage this little update! That’s a success, I believe. Now I need to get back to sewing, wish me luck!