The last part of my Finnish Iron Age costume is the peplos dress. It took me 6 months to construct the whole thing. Now it comes together!
I have spent six months learning tablet weaving and here are some tips that I want to share with beginners struggling with their first bands.
I made the Christmas presents for my family by hand. My brother and mother got handwoven potholders and my father got nålbound mittens.
I designed a stripy folk fabric and Susanna, the owner of Kultavilla the weaving mill wove it. Now I have the folk skirt of my dreams!
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.