Sine I last updated I have finished most of the embroidery on Måns' matching, split wool tunic. What remains now is the sleeves and I count on finishing them next week.
I have also started on a dress for my friend Caroline's traditional "Blåkulla-party" on Thursday next week. According to Swedish folklore witches flies to a hill/mointain called Blåkulla on Maundy Thursday or Holy Saturday, depnedign on which part of the country you come from. Here in the southwest it's really Holy Saturday, but Thursday fits better for a party. It's not a pagan party, more a reaction to wiccans and witches always getting questions about what we/they do at Easter, because of the abovementioned folk tradition. So we explain that it's a Christian holiday nad has nothing to do with us. But, since no pagan traditions celebrate Easter and people are still (usually) free from work on Good Friday it is an excellent time to hold a mixed pagan/occultist/juste generally interested party with the folk traditions as inspiration.
It's from red cotton muslin that I bought cheaply when I was in London last tiem and I have used a cut out template to decorate it with stags, owls, acorns, pine cones and oak leaves in gold and silver textile paint. Then I made flowers and feathers and stars and spirlas with glittery paint. It is rather boring work, but listened to Harry Potter on audio book while doing it. Fixing the paint is of course even more boring, since every motif has to be ironed for five minutes, but I usually bring a book and sit down on the bed next to the ironing board when I do thigns like that. I have already done the bodice and sleeve parts,so "only" the skirt pieces remain.
I probably ought to work, because I have deadlines on one article and got the peer review back on another one, but I knwo that I won't make it through next week of work if I don't rest during the weekend. Especially since we celebrate the Vernal Equinox tomorrow, which is fun, but takes physical energy.
The weather is nice and sunny, so I think I'm going to sit down on the balcony and have some tea and start on that embroidery.
I have written one blog post about 13th century women's headwear since last time, it's here
I have also fixed four rather ugly cheap porcelain dolls that I bought on flea markets when Valeria and Vendela were little. They're much better now, but need new clothes. Some photos from this project, though no finished ones: