I wove myself some Finnish Iron Age legwraps.
I learned how to nålbind and made a video about it. Now I can uphold the family tradition and make warm mittens for my family!
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.