I made a pair of iron age or Viking age shoes out of leather. This is the first step when I delve into a new era of historical dress!
I tried to make a hat in the ridiculous 1890s style. I made a simple sailor hat that I then covered with silk, bows, flowers and a feather.
My mother says that even her grandmother used to weave fabrics for simple garments when she was younger. Handweaving used to be a skill that most women knew and valued. I haven’t ever woven fabric for garments, just pirtanauha-bands, and one table runner a long time ago. But the more I have studied Finnish folk costumes and textiles, the more I have come to love the simple stripy patterns that still have lots of variability in them. In fact, there is one thing that the canonized National costumes lack and that is the creativity in fabrics. In the 18th and 19th century, weavers could decide what patterns and colours pleased…
I learned how to weave with a backstrap rigid heddle to make traditional belts for my Karelian folk costume.
I took an old umbrella and turned it into an Edwardian style silk parasol. I also transformed a modern paper straw hat into an Edwardian style hat.
I made a cute turn-of-the-20th-century style boater hat in Anne of the Green Gables style. I also made matching hatpins out of old knitting needles.
I made buckram at home or my millinery projects! You only need linen, water and little something from a grocery store! The whole process was super simple!
Inspired by a hatmaking video by Angela Clayton, I decided to try on hatmaking! With no experience and no proper materials, I made my first hat.
When I started knitting this pair of socks in 2011, I didn’t believe that it’d take almost 10 years for me to finish them! (Yes, I rounded up.) However, my shoulders started acting up and my migraines worsened every time I knit, so I had to put this project away. Now and then, I took it out and knit for a while and then headaches forced me to stuff this project back into my closet. Finally, I decided that enough was enough and thus, I finished the last rows and bound them off! This post contains affiliate links. The pattern came from Wendy D. Johnson’s book Socks from the toe…
I found the pattern for this wonderful little marmot from Ravelry. My son loves marmots and this was a perfect gift for him. I had some scraps of yarn already in my possession, so I started crocheting this on Christmas day when I was visiting my parents. This was a great little holiday project!