The R is done!

The Bayeux initial we have embroidered together is now done! Of course, there is a HUGE deal of creative/poetic license here. I mean, although the Bayeux stitch was used on the Tapestry, an initial like this one was never found. It is therefore highly unlikely, if not impossible, that it was used on the bag of a little 5 y.o. who thinks she is a Viking princess.....

Oh well....

So, the materials we used were: linen fabric and wool yarn (the green is actually hand dyed) and we have used the said Bayeux stitch.

Let me know what you think, I welcome your comments!


Dress becomes tunic

The pink underdress I made for Rùna last year is now a knee length tunic... someone is growing fast!!
So I made some alterations: I made the neckline a bit wider so that she can fit her head through it again and I fortified the seams, after Nille Glaesel's book.


I also added a nice tape woven trim, made by a friend since I didn't have a lot of time. Things are fine here in Dutch Vikingland by the way, lots of nice events in the near future so watch this space!


Rune's new hood

Dear all,
We are back on track! After months of not blogging I have decided to take an FB break and get creative again! Here are some photos of Rune's new hood, which I bought from Viking Vina and of course I had to add a bit of needlework

It is a Mammen style deer (well I think it's a deer... Rune insists it's a dog...)

The hood is made of two types of wool: orange and yellow wool for the lining. Comfy and warm!



Over the past few weeks I made a new sewing pouch for myself. The initial A is of course inspired by the Bayeux tapestry and the pattern comes from this book: http://www.amazon.com/Broderie-viking-Edition-Marie-Catherine-Nob%C3%A9court/dp/2283585082

The book has lovely patterns and this is from a sampler.

Here's the finished version of my new pouch. Naturally the little Viking princess wants one too, now that mine is done, so we spent an hour or so to pick out a pattern and design something especially for her.

On both projects I have used linen fabric and the needlework is done entirely out of wool on my pouch and on Rúna's pouch it is wool combined with linen. It doesn't really matter what you use, as long as you use natural materials (AND fitting with the Viking age). Sewing with little children usually means you will use the colours they like...authentic or not.... ;)

If you look at the alphabet in the book, it's the R and B combined. The tree in the B is too dark to her taste, so we are making pink roses! It is a fun project to do together with her!


Hello Folks,

Well, it has been a while! 2013 started in a wonderful way for us with the Archeon Winter Banquet. Above you see a photo of our little queen having a lot of fun in the snow! She is growing up fast so I am back sewing costumes again for her. It is fun and I am glad to have found the time again to make things for her. The Banquet itself was as usual exquisite! The Archeon chef has performed miracles in the kitchen and inspired me to start cooking historical recipes again myself, but more about that later.

I made several trousers for Rúna to play in, a dress is not the most comfortable garment to play in of course.

To save time I bought a hood for her, she is wearing it here for the Easter Archeon Market. It is dark orange and yellow wool. It is very soft and comfortable to wear.

Buying a hood gave me the time to do some embellishing and I added an Urnes style animal. Rúna thinks it's a deer and I actually thought it was a dog.... Anyway, it in the well-known Bayeux style embroidery of course!

More to come soon!

regards, Arda