31 okt. 2017

Trelleborgen i Danmark.

 En vecka på Trelleborgen vid Slagelse hör sommaren till. I år rörde jag mig till och med utanför marknadsområdet, och se så fin borgen är även från denna vinkel.
A week at the Trellefortress at Slagelse in Denmark is part of the summer routine. This year I even moved beyond the market area, and you can see for your self how good the fortress looks from this new (for me) angel.
 Några vänner har som tradition att sitta inne i borgen, på borgvallen och titta på solnedgången och jag anslöt mig en av kvällarna. Det var kallt och blåsigt och väldigt trevligt och fint, och det behagliga sällskapet gjorde det hela ännu bättre.
Some friends of mine have a tradition to go in to the fortress to watch the sunset and I joined them one evening. It was windy and cold and very nice and pretty. The lovely company made it even better.
Trelleborgen är överhuvudtaget en plats för spektakulära utsikter och solnedgångar.
The Trellefortress really is a place of spectacular views and sunsets.
 Socialisering nattetid.
Socializing during the night.
 Syprojekt som ger ett fantastiskt färgspel, växtfärgat såklart. ;)
Sewing project that gives a wonderful colour effect, plant dyed obviously. ;)
 Det hann bli färdigt till den stora festen.
And it was finished in time for the big party.
Några hade med sig sina pittoreska husdjur. (Tänk bort asfalten...)
Some brought their picturesque pets. (Picture it without the asphalt...)

The glass bead maker.
Kompis på besök i vårt lilla tält, hon har en fin blogg som jag kan rekommendera. Länk till den. :)
A friend visiting our little tent, she has a nice blog, only in swedish but with lots of inspiring pictures. Link to her blog. :)
Fina Mannen matchar vårt tält.
The Handsome Man match our tent.
Som vanligt tog vi en dag "ledigt" från marknadslivet och åkte på utflykt i jakt på gamla yxor och museer, mer om museibesöket i ett framtida inlägg. På bilden kan man se Fina Mannen och hans nyfunne vän, en väldigt charmig och leksugen vovve på en loppis någonstans mellan Slagelse och Vordingborg.
As usual we took one "day off" from the market life and went out in the real world looking for old axes, and museums, more about the museums in another blogpost. In the picture you can see The Handsome Man and his new friend, a very charming and playfull dog at a "loppis"(flea market) somewhere between Slagelse and Vordingborg.

9 okt. 2017

Kläder till Fru Cecilie Jonsdatter. Clothes for Mistress Cecilie Jonsdatter.

Here she is, the honorable Mistress Cecilie Jonsdatter. 
She is what my medieval group is based on, or more correctly, we are based on her will dated to 1307. We are called Cecilie Jonsdatters sällskap and you can check us out here and here.
Long story short, she was a very rich and influential and pious person, from what we can work out, and she lived her life in Skåne-Scania, and travelled much.
The dress is mostly based on the Gown of Sct. Clare of Assisi. I was also looking at the Maciejowskij Bible at the women who looked extra in command and holy, just like I imagine Cecilie was. I, of course looked into a lot of different sources but these two were my main sources for inspiration. The dress is made from a fine wool fabric that is slightly fulled, but still sturdy.
St. Birgitta's Cap in the making.
To look the part Cecilie needed a St. Birgitta's cap, a wimple and a veil. 
For more information on how to make these items look at the blog of Cathrin Åhlén - Katafalk
No need for me to go through when you can go directly to her blog and find out for yourself, although I didn't follow the tutorials, I used them more as a guide. I for instance made the wimple longer so that it also covers the neck, because the person who will use it lives in a very windy place, this way you can pin the wimple down the neck to make it sit more secure. :)

I decided that the head wear should be made of silk fabrics and a really fine wool muslin from Medeltidsmode.
So, veil and wimple are made of a lovely silk fabric in a light natural white shade, much like the natural colour silk can have when unbleached, and the cap is made of the wool muslin, to (try) to lower the sound that silk makes, how ever luxurious it might seem it's a nuisance when placed right next to your ears. 
Me, in the cap to show off the silk embroidery.
And finally, Mistress Cecilie embraces the light coming in through the windows, looking all devout and graceful.