For your consideration, this is a viking inspired handfasting ensemble. The undergown is a t-tunic, with a smokkr, and hand-spun hand-woven apron panel.
This project started because I had recently fallen in love with spinning cheviot fiber from my favorite indie dyer. After a little digging into the breed’s history, I found the cheviot sheep can be traced back to these time periods and regions. I then looked for a dark fiber for contrast and as serendipity would have it, the herdwick sheep arrived in the Danelaw around the same time and are thought to have been brought by the continental vikings.
In my little fairy tale, my northman brought me a few herdwick sheep to add to my flock and I combined that wool with wool from the cheviot to weave an apron panel for a Viking smokkr. He also gifted me the wolf brooches. This was my garb for the rehearsal dinner before our wedding on the summer solstice this past year!
For this apron panel, I sourced wool that has its origins in the geographic region and time as my persona and combined it with wool that aligns similarly with my partner’s persona. I started with roving, which I spun, then wove into fabric. I drafted and sewed the undergown and smokkr dress. I dyed silk with indigo, then used it to embroider the undergown and smokkr.
The new skills I learned for this were weaving with handspun yarn; spinning yarn with a specific target gauge; natural dye with indigo; hem stitching woven fabric; embroidery stitches.
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