A little while ago I attended Timeline Medieval Festival and as a last minute addition to my kit I made a simple open-front black wool hood. Here I am wearing it in this photo with some awesome WWII re-creationists.
It was always my intention to make this hood a lot fancier, and this week I had some time off! I started by trying my hand at some embroidery, which is something I haven’t done before but always wanted to. I figured it was better to start off simple, and this was the result. I took this to my nieces christmas carols and sat on the ground hand stitching. I got a lot of interested looks and questions. :)
Next I used the wool hood as a pattern to cut out the green linen lining. I also removed my temporary leaf fastening.
I used a sewing machine for the inner, un-seen stitching, but all of the exposed stitching is mostly hand sewn. I pinned the wool and linen together and got busy.
Hand stitching along the bottom seem of the hood:
Hand stitching along the front seem and around the face. Time-wise, all this stitching took me watching Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and an episode of Teen Wolf ;P
Next up, cloth buttons made from the same black wool. You can see my step-by-step pictures of this process here. At this point I’m basing the design more on 14th century styles (plus I really like super long liripipes.)
And here is the mostly finished product after all of the buttons were sewed on!
I lightly sewed the button holes using my machine to get the consistent shape and spacing because the holes are all so close together. Then I went over the stitching by hand for reenforcement and aesthetics.
Aaaaand that’s about it! I’m super happy with the outcome. The hood is both warm and comfortable, but not too hot that I couldn’t wear it in summer - I specifically used thin wool and linen for this reason. The colours are mostly based on the Melbourne HMB team, but I’ll end up taking it to Bicolline as well. I’m super excited to get more into embroidery too.
At last the BBC has picked this up! Cheers to my sisters in arms who are kicking arse and taking names internationally. This doco covers a few of the great women in this fast-growing sport of full-contact, armoured medieval battle, including several close friends. Fight on, all!
This past weekend I attended Timeline Festival, one of the largest reenactment events in Victoria. The festival showcases reenactment groups from medieval knight and vikings, right up to WW2 soldiers. I honestly had no idea what to expect and didn’t really have high expectations, but it was an absolutely fantastic day.
I was involved with the HMB group which included team Havoc (NSW), team Vulture (QLD) and team Kraken (Victoria). Go Squids! I squired for my lady Knight, Jesykah aka @forgedinfoamtemperedlikesteel and John squired for her man, Josh - it was like the weirdest double date ever. Squiring was honestly harder work than I expected and it was all go from the moment we arrived, but I loved every minute of it and hanging out with the whole HMB crew, which included the group who went to Battle of the Nations as team Australia was excellent. I can’t wait to do it again!
It feels so good to get back into armour after training so hard. I wasn’t feeling the best but I just got in there and did it anyway and felt so much better for it. Besides, someone has to keep the boys in line ;)
(Sorry about the crappy quality, this was from a phone)