Loom-pouch

One of my old pouches gave up on me a few days ago. The drawstrings snapped, rendering it pretty much useless.
ImageThe thing is, I really liked the pouch. It may be odd, but I like the decoration on it – simplicity is king, I always think. So I was thinking of ways to re-use the decoration. After my recent purchase of Agnes, I noticed that between projects my heddle, shuttle and beater could very easily go missing. 

This is my solution:

ImageIt’s made of green wool, with 100% wool plaited drawstrings and wool decoration from the old pouch in the middle. It looked a bit bland, so I decided to embroider two red crosses on it and do a border in blanket stitch with yellow linen thread. I don’t know how authentic it is, as it’s used crewel wool, chain and blanket stitch, and french knots.

I was really quite proud of myself with this, as I hand stitched all of it in linen thread – normally I just get the sewing machine out and have done with it in five minutes. This time I thought I would put some effort into it, and I’m pretty proud of it.

It’s become a bit of a trend with my crafting recently – I seem to actually be spending more than half an hour on small projects, and I think that’s because I’m trying to be as authentic as I possibly can. I was even toying with the idea of hand-stitching my peasant’s dress in linen thread! When that project materialises I shall let you know what happens with it.

 

 

Dagger!

One of the most crucial things I’ve been needing for ages is a dagger. It sounds silly, but during combat it’s the best thing if you get disarmed. 

But it’s harder than it sounds to get an authentic dagger.

One of the most annoying aspects of re-enacting the early medieval period is that because not many people do it, there isn’t much demand for it, resulting in getting very disappointed at trade shows. And that’s just for Western daggers. Eastern weapons are even harder to get hold of, but that’s for another post. Basically, I was sick of finding seaxes, and stilleto daggers. So I ordered one off  Wieland Forge. Because he knows the group, he knew precisely what I needed. This is the gorgeous result:ImageThe picture isn’t great (again, I need a better camera…), but I’m sure you can see how wonderful it is. The problem with getting daggers like this is that everyone wants to decorate the pommel, but the most authentic pommel is a simple disc pommel, with a straight crossguard (many are curved somehow). Just for a sense of the size of it, it’s pretty much a hobbit sword – it’s over a foot long! The braid around the pommel is purely to differentiate my dagger from my fiancée’s otherwise identical dagger.

Now it just needs a name and a sheath….