måndag 14 september 2020
torsdag 10 september 2020
In the armies of 16th century Germany there where a lot of women and children. Often more than there where soldiers. Camp women belonged to the army and took part of its military functions, even though they did not fight. Woman had a supportive role, they did the cooking, they set up camp, they mend and wash clothing and so on... 16th century woodcuts often display landsknechts accompanied by their women. The pictures often shows a lot of emotion between the two, sometimes holding hands, sometimes a hand on a shoulder or leaning against each other. When a landsknecht army was on the march there was a lot of wagons, a lot of people walking, and a lot of people riding horses, not uncommon with two people together on a horse. She is riding in the back, sitting sideways, often with a lot of stuff with her. He is in the front, with a sword.
Im wearing my gown, a rock in German, in orange and red wool, a gollar in wool, wool socks, a linen smocked apron and a simple stuchlein and a hat with feathers. I also have handmade leather shoes. All the items are handmade by the way, not only the shoes. A friend of mine made the shoes, I made the rest. My skirt is tucked in around my belt, in a typical manner for the camp women, so that I could move more freely.
My friend H is wearing a smocked shirt, made by me. A red and yellow
doublet, with holes for attaching the hose along the waistline, a
slashed hose in black and purple and red wool socks.He also has a coif and a red wool hat with a ostrich feather. Of course he also has a sword. And the typical oxmule shoe.
The photos are taken by Anders Ragnarsson.
lördag 22 augusti 2020
There is a lot of nets in my life right now. Im in love with my sprangframe and its about all that I do. I have worked most in linen, made three linen 16th century german hairnets. But I have also tried silk, that was so far the most difficult material to work in. The first try-out I made was in wool. And a couple of days ago I went back to wool. I wanted to learn how to make holes. The first thing I did was a small bag. And after that I went bigger.
I made another hairnet inspired by a Bronze age hairnet found in a bog in Denmark, Bredmore i Himmerland. I know! I made something that is not 16th century German. It was fun, okey!
This hairnet is the oldest sprang garment that exists, its from 1400 BC. Its mostly called The Bredmose cap. Here is the original. The photo comes from the homepage of the Danish National museum. And you can find it here.
The hairnet was found on a bog body, the so called Arden woman. She had her hair up on the back of her head and covered with the hairnet.
This picture comes from here.
I have not found any documentation except for the pictures of it. So I dont know the amount of threads and the exact pattern. So I just used it, the shape, as inspiration. The holes are not that difficult to make so therefore I think that they could have used them too, even if there are none in this one. I dont know how big it is. There are a lot of different variants of hairnets from the period out there.
Mine is made in grey wool. Its a loose 2-ply thread. I had it at home and I dont know where I bought it. I used 60 threads. The pattern is four rows of s-twists and then a slit, four rows of twists and then a slit, and so on... My head is 57 cm around, but it would propably fit someone that have a slightly bigger head too.
The drawstring is connected to the middle of the sprang textile. Its where you closing the sprang up, to hold the twists together. Without it, the twist would completely untwist. Therefore all sprang textiles have a clear center like that.
When you make a sprang it can be difficult to press it together the same on the top as on the bottom. Therefore when taking it out of the frame the sides can be different in size. Mine was. I used the bigger part as the back and the smaller around the head. The side that was slightly longer was to long to have around the head.
The bottom part of the sprang textile is drawn together. It also look to me like the back is sewn together a little from the drawn part. In the picture below I have marked it with a red circle.
The front edge seems raw to me. They have just taken it of the sprang frame. Therefore I did the same.
Now it feel like I really need to go to Copenhagen to look at it myself. Austrriki Viking age clothing has a picture of it on there facebookpage.
fredag 7 augusti 2020
I have had a couple of amazing days. Normally I would be at medievalweek in Visby right now, but, as we all now, times are a bit different. Instead I went visiting friends. They have a big garden so we put up some tents and had some good food and some good company. I also had a lot of time to finish another sprang hairnet.
måndag 3 augusti 2020