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20 August 2010 @ 12:31 am
A&S 50 - 4 & 5  
OK, so I suck at posting for this. Well, that and I tightly defined my challenge to be 50 Pictish/Anglo-Saxon/Norse things for ME since I am bad about making things for myself. :P

I took a Viking sewing kit class at Pennsic. Turns out it was taught by Master Danr's apprentice Bodvi and therefore was a very hands-on blacksmithing class. I made an iron needle that the instructor proclaimed as near perfect as a handmade needle can be expected to get - Hurray for OCD!

My wrist is still really messed up, though, so I needed a fair amount of help shaping the knife, but I did some of the pounding and all of the sharpening myself!

Look! I done made a little knife!

This is a knife researched by Mistress Blitha (from the East?) and theorized to be for cutting fabric - think Viking rotary cutter. :)
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Albredaalbreda on August 20th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
When the projects are so supercool, you can get away with posting them only rarely!

Is your persona really Pict/A-S/Norse, or are you just figuring that they necessarily tell with extant objects anyway? (And what, no Dalraida? ;)

Have you read Brian Sykes book on British Isles genetics, looking at these various indigenous/invasion population dynamics? Fascinating stuff!
eithni: Pictisheithni on August 20th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
My persona is explicitly Pictish, but there's little information available, so I steal from tangential cultures (including the Dal Riadians) whenever I need to... or whenever they have something extrasoopershiny that I need to have. ;)

No, I have not read that book, but I know the research was being done. Do you have a title or ISBN?
Albredaalbreda on August 20th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland, by Bryan Sykes (Note, this is the North American title)

I hear you about the super-shiny factor, too; I was hoping I could talk O into going 7th Century A-S for Crown so I could pretend I had a good excuse to buy some Kentish radial brooch pins. :/

mightyjessemightyjesse on August 20th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
So cute!
cayswann: pelicancayswann on August 20th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
Completely adorable! Makes me want to make things. (I just packed some wool scraps in the car for making/hand-stitching little bags this weekend while at Crown.)
Amanda Marksdottir: Vikingragnvaeig on August 21st, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
So the Viking sewing kit class was awesome? I'm sorry I gave it a miss, then. :/

Blitha von Wolfhou, who also did the needle cases last year? I thought she was from somewhere well south of the Mason-Dixon.
eithni: backliteithni on August 21st, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
It was low on academic content, high on hands-on work, and high on awesome products.

Yes, I double-checked - she's from Atlantia.
ego_id_non_feciego_id_non_feci on October 21st, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
That's freaking cool.