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19 October 2009 @ 10:30 pm
Rusty Nails and Regular Beatings  
And now for the part *I* really want to blather about - MY team's entry!

We did Pictish, of course. My team this year was the apprenti (HRM Elizabeth, AEthelwahl, and Katlyn) and my Mama. This is sort of cheating, since my Mama is pretty much a human sewing machine and we were in the Pyxis division and were not supposed to be using anything mechanical. ;)

The Inventory:
Pre-made or purchased:
Bronze Mirror and Bone Comb - gifts, not made on site, but critical to the image of a Pictish Woman
Large brooch - St Ninian's Isle Treasure reproduction from Raymond's Quiet Press
Small duck-headed brooch - from The Crafty Celts - ducks like Pictish Brooch in the Met
Belt Buckle - also from Raymond's Quiet Press - Anglo-Saxon design with a pelta on the end, a motif common in Pictish art
One shoe - premade by AEthelwahl
Lampworked beads on necklace - by Moira nic Connell the Strongbow
Hairpin - purchased bead epoxy'd to a pin by Mr. S

Made or Assembled on site:
Coat - green and white handwoven wool tabby - wool trim cardwoven on site - handsewn and seams finished
Gown - brown wool twill - wool trim cardwoven on site - neckline embroidered with linen - handsewn and seams finished
Undergown - yellow linen twill - seam embellishment in blue linen - handsewn (seams not finished yet)
Belt - wool, cardwoven on site - assembled with purchsed belt buckle
One shoe and embroidery on both shoes' openings
Amber and Jet necklace

I was pretty happy with the outcome. I would like to have done more embroidery and maybe some more accessories. I did not account for how long it was going to take to do the cardweaving with the wool. It kept wanting to felt to itself and tangle and...ugh! PITA! But, this was my very first and second cardweaving projects (coat trim and belt), so I'll tak it as a win that I powered through it and got enough of it done for this project. Maybe next time I will try waxing the wool first...

We did get a few comments about no head covering, so I guess I need to revise my documentation to be clearer - There are examples of Pictish headcoverings, but they are only hooded short capes on crossbow hunters and hooded long tunics on monks - no individual hats or veils or hoods on women. (The only maybe veils appear on three women at the bottom of a crucifix - probably the three Marys, so probably not more widely applicable.) 

And then there was that big fat meanie judge - cassbunny ! She gave me negative wow! points because I would not let her keep my bling. *pout* ;P

All in all, a good time. There was that 6am "what insane sadistic bastard thought this was a good plan?... Oh. Yeah." but it is cool to look at the final product and see that wow, we did this really awesome thing. :)

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teffanteffan on October 20th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
You need more later-period contestants; that early-period stuff is just so *easy* :P
eithni: do I need to kill you?eithni on October 21st, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
*kicks you* :P
cassbunnycassbunny on October 20th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
Meanie judge here!
It could have been solved by turning over ownership of the green amber. But nooooo. You just had to slap our hands as we reached for our gifties. You're just lucky I held it to a -1 !!!!
eithni: Pictisheithni on October 21st, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)

Denisilaifire on October 20th, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)
I laughed when you said "what insane sadistic bastard thought this was a good plan?... Oh. Yeah."
eithni: ?!?!?!?eithni on October 21st, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Hey, I can laugh at myself...
Denisilaifire on October 21st, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
I laughed because of how clearly I heard your voice.
eithni: excellenteithni on October 21st, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
judithsewstoojudithsewstoo on October 20th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
As far as head coverings go, so far as I have been able to determine, it was something that was done after conversion to Christianity. The early Church felt that a woman's tresses were too much of a temptation to leave them undone and uncovered - hence the veils that show up in later periods.

As I am portraying a pre-conversion, pagan Pict, I am not going to worry about a head covering - unless it's raining. ;) :p

Ooh, and of course, my icon shows me with my hair covered. :p I was experimenting. Keeping my hair out of the way while working is important. Nothing worse than having your beautiful long hair caught on fire because it decides to swing forward while you're putting more wood on the fire.

Edited at 2009-10-20 12:20 pm (UTC)
cassbunnycassbunny on October 20th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
The part about raining was my thought process. A coat would imply the need for warmth/protection from elements. What about the head?
eithni: Pictisheithni on October 21st, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
Dunno. I'd love to have an answer for you, but the best I can do is say that women are often depicted with a shawl - presumably that could be thrown over the head as needed, but I have no evidence for that or any other head covering on secular Pictish women.

Edited at 2009-10-21 05:31 am (UTC)
cayswann: lyonbardcayswann on October 20th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
I'd love a description for each of the teams that splits up the "pre-purchased" versus "done on site" ... I haven't fully been able to wrap my brain around what people have been doing. And I'm sorely tempted to fly in from Caid and be part of a team some day! :)
eithni: embroideryeithni on October 21st, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
I don't have that info for each team, but some of them did similar things in their blogs. Friend [info]julia_spring to see her stuff. :)
ego_id_non_feciego_id_non_feci on October 20th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Fun! It looks great- and what a wonderful memory/story to be reminded of every time you put the gown on!! :D
dread_exdread_ex on October 21st, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Picts had cloth? I thought they just painted on the woad and then rolled around in the grass and leaves. And possibly mud.
eithni: Pictisheithni on October 21st, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
That's only on special days, silly!
No longer in Normalhbevert on October 21st, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks for putting up pictures so we could all ooh and aah at results from all teams. Congrats to your team!