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.




The new addiction: Agnes, the loom

So I may have a thing with naming my re-enactment stuff. My long axe is Damage, my sword is Audrey, and now my loom is called Agnes.



She’s not a full-sized loom, but is designed for doing heddle or tablet weaving to create braids. The society I’m involved with has a  dire shortage of braids (and after experimenting, I’ve decided the profit margins for selling braids are insane), so hopefully this will help solve the problem!

Agnes is made by the wonderful Lucy the Tudor, and is made so you can weave (or ”loom”, as it has come to be called in my house) braids on your lap whilst you do living history. So you do your normal heddle/tablet weaving, but wind the braid across so you don’t use so much room. With the Great British weather as it is at the moment, that’ll serve well in the probably wet summer.

I’ve now experimented with my heddle weaving with both non-authentic yarn (to get used to the motions) and 100% wool yarn (to see how authentic yarn works as a braid). I’ll post an image of how I’ve been doing heddle weaving, and hopefully you guys can let me know what I’m doing wrong or give any suggestions. A lot of what I’ve been doing has been guesswork, so hopefully any help will make the braids lovely 🙂

The next stage is now decorating Agnes so it’s definitely mine – another member of the group has one, and it would be a good idea to differentiate them. I’m also going to make a little bag for the heddle, beater and shuttle so I don’t lose them in between projects.