Don't you just love 18th century mittens? They are so beautiful and cute! I've done a bit of filming in cold weather, and I really, really needed something to keep my hands and underarms warm. Good think Mrs. Ann Bamford's inventory included 3 pairs of mittens! The Metropolitan Museum, Accession number C.I.44.8.9a,b These are the… Continue reading Smitten with Mitten(s)!
My original design idea I love the Middle Ages. I don't quite know when this love affair began, but I know it must have started fairly early, for I used to ski in the garden with only one staff (like the 19th century paintings of medieval skiers I had seen) before I was 10. When… Continue reading The Making of an Anglo-Saxon Noblewoman
Did she run away? Did she join a pirate ship to fight white supremacists? Did she have to defeat covid single-handledly, with only an umbrella, a basket and a face mask as her weapons? Did she lock herself in and refuse to come out until gender equality was achieved world wide? No. But she did… Continue reading What happened to the Petticoated Swashbuckler?
So, I said I was going to do some Throwback Thursday-posts, but yesterday was quite busy, with the opening of a new exhibition at work. That is why, this week, you are treated to a Throwback Friday instead! In late January, I attended the Oslo Opera Ball with my good friend Torunn. It was a… Continue reading #TBF: Pretty in Pink
So, as has been proved time and time again, I'm a terrible blogger. When I last published anything, almost a year ago, I wrote "There might also be some exciting stuff happening soon, that I can’t really tell you about yet… but it will involve a lot more and more high quality content!"That exciting stuff… Continue reading Are you there, blog? It’s me, Maren…
First of all, I'm sorry I didn't post anything last week! I have been working pretty much non-stop the past couple of weeks, and simply didn't have time for anything but eating and sleeping when I got home. There might also be some exciting stuff happening soon, that I can't really tell you about yet...… Continue reading A ton of wool!
So, I love sewing. It has been part of my life, on and off, since I was 10-ish, and more and more in the latter years. And yet, sometimes, I don't feel like sewing or creating anything for the longest time. I have been in one of these ruts this winter, in a real desert… Continue reading Sew with all the colours of the wind
Good news guys! I managed to finish my headlinen and hat in time for Sunday! I wore it all day, and it worked like a charm. I'm so happy with it! Here is my Wulsthaube: The padded "Wulst" inside a linen "Haube"/bonnet/hood: Then I put on my Steuchlein, with white and green embroidery: It's tided… Continue reading Trossfrau in training
I haven't had much time for sewing this week, sadly. We opened up a new exhibiton at work yesterday, about the Spanish Influenza, the flu pandemic which killed more people than the First World War 100 years ago. Late evenings translating texts and building exhibitons meant little time and energy for making stuff when I… Continue reading On slashes and feathers and being hella cute
Yesterday was Norway's National Day, one of my favourite holidays! On the 17th of May 1814, an assembly of Norwegian menfolk signed the Norwegian constitution, which made Norway an independent country after more than 400 years as a part of the Kingdom of Denmark. Now, I know that the constitution wasn't actually very liberal, compared to… Continue reading National costumes on the National Independence Day!