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This is me and my husband in our viking finest, me in a linen under dress and a green wool apron dress with tablet woven trim and decorative stitching on the hem. My husband is wearing a linen under tunic, a wool over tunic with tablet woven trim and decorative stitching on the hem, and a pair of wool poofy viking pants and leg wraps.

Close-ups of Viking clothing

Viking Tunic
Viking Leg Wrap

My husband's Viking tunic, and a close up of the leg
wraps, secured with the same ribbon that is trimming
the neck and wrist of the tunic.

A close up of the decorative stitching and
the tablet woven ribbon (linen), decorating
my dress. Although I usually weave my own
ribbons, I bought this one in order to later
make a belt in the same pattern.

12th Century Costumes
AnnOtherDay 12th c. Wedding Dress

My wedding dress with all the historical paraphernalia. This dress is a 12th century bliaud/bliaut (french court dress), made of a silk/hemp blend. I wove the belt myself after a viking ribbon pattern. The veil was a wedding gift, it is green silk with beaded edges, worn with a circlet that I bought. My hair is encased in braid casings. The annular pin is an antique silver Swedish folk costume pin, shaped like a viking pin. I am holding a rosary with malachite and silver. My under dress is made from silk, with very long sleeves to create the 12 th century fashion of ruffles on the arms.

Close up pictures of the details will come soon.

This is my husband's wedding bliaud/bliaut, the male version. It is made of dark green wool. The neckline is trimmed with a combination of gold braid and embroidery. The hem is embroidered with gryphons and aspen leaves, which are part of his heraldry within the reenactment group. Underneath, he is wearing a long white hemp tunic, and purple wool hose.

             The insert is a close up of the embroidery.

The embroidery was all done in wool, with small glass beads for the eyes of the gryphons. After the wedding I also added gryphons to the sleeves. The time crunch of preparing for my own wedding did not allow me to add it before then.

12th century male tunic
Various Items....

A wool cloak with hand-carved  wooden clasp.

It is decorated with embroidery done in cotton. A combination of differnt chain stitches was used.

A medieval hood.

Made of wool with red and black tablet woven trim around the collar and embroidered decoration around the face.
Medieval hood with embroidered trim.

The trim is around both the collar and the face. It is all embroidered free-hand.

Brigittine cap.

A reconstruction of a 14 century head gear worn by itself or under a veil. The middle seam is open, held togehter by a bridging embroidery. Close-up pictures will come soon.

Needle-bound socks.

From left to right, a pair of white wool knee socks, a pair of brown woolen hose and a pair of yellow green (plant dyed) short socks.

 The white socks use the Oslo stich for the foot, while using my own stitch for the leg.
To see how they are made, go to the research page.
Asle Mitten Reproduction
Asle Mitten Reproduction.

This is a reproduction of a mitten found in a bog in Sweden. The original is dated to 1540-1610. It is wool, and has a woolen fringe.
To learn more about them, go to the research page.
York Socks Reproduction
York Socks Reproduction.

This is also known as the Coppergate sock, and the original is from the 10th century norse settlement in York. It has been called a short sock, a shoeliner or believed to have had a leg at one time. I use them as slippers. To see how they are made, go to the research page.
Other Arts....

Examples of my wood carving:

To the left, needle binding needles made from lilac wood. I carve them fresh by hand. To the right are the tablet-weaving tablets I make the same size as the ones found in Queen Aasa's grave in Norway. They are approximately 3x3 cm square.

Hand-made wood box of mahogany.

This was my 8th grade wood shop project, to make a box with wooden hinges. Well, with a piece of brass wire threaded through.
Traditional Scandinavian Whisk
Traditional birch twig whisk.

Used for lighter whisking.

This one is a reconstruction from a viking grave find from Rasbokil, Uppsala, Sweden. The whisk retained it's form and function, and is still somewhat common in the kitchens around Scandinavia.
Limp Bound Medieval Bookbinding
Limpbound note book.

This is a replica of a medieval limpbound book. It has genuine parchment covers with a leather spine support. It is sewn with waxed linen thread. The paper is acid-free and archival. I make these on order. To see how they are made, go to the research page.

Ceramic Cats

These are my black felines. The one on it's back is actually a tea ball holder. The other ones are simply pretty.  They are about 3 inches each.

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