Laurel’s Prize Tourney: Fiber Arts Part I

Fiber Arts: such a vast array of arts are encompased by this name. There are those who begin with the wool, but a few begin with the sheep! Still others begin with the yarns, dying them to produce colors typical for the period.  Whether you grow the fibers or begin with a thread all ready to weave, the artists in this category make so much of the atmosphere of an event. Let us begin!

Here is Czina Angielcyzka whose rows of lovely woven trims stood out for me. Having tried my hand at making trim, my respect for those who have done multiple projects with a loom have my highest respect!

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This fiber arts table had a lot to offer. Sadly, I only managed a couple of close-ups before moving on. From lovely stiching to dyed wools, this colorful delight is the display of Aislynn ni Cahill:

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I caught this very colorful display by Eireann Hviturhrafn without the presence of the artisan. This is sad because it is both a fiber display and it seems some sort of food display.

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Judith de Saint Clare had another bright display. I especially liked that the table-cloth made all the items on it stand out, including her name tag.

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Safiya Spizega’s display of trims was delightful. She has some nice details in her work:

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Elsa von Schmmach displayed some lovely socks! I always love the period clothing that is difficult because it so rarely gets a mention in the records!

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This artisan must be known by her tag on her table for I fear there is a single key on my computer which refuses to work, and it is in her name!  Hetilda Corbett I do apologize for the error in your name.  Your wire work and weaving were lovely!

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This gentleman had a nice array of wool. I love wool. I took pictures of his wool. I took pictures of him with his wool. However, I failed to take a picture of the green tag with his name!!

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Eleanora Elizabeth Caley presented both clay pots and woven pieces. I did not know where to look! I took several pictures and I hope you enjoy them.

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REAL silk in a period pattern brocade

I am drooling. Simply drooling. Over THIS.  What is more, this company will make to order.  And I have this pattern from an extant bit of silk, from a book on silk in my period, and if I had a bit over 3K, yeah, US over three grand, I could have them do their minimum order.  The problem is that I do not need 50 meters, and near as I can tell, I would need to price it around $80 a meter to break even selling the extra– and who can afford THAT?

OH, but I think it would be marvelous.

Yes, they do cheaper if you go silk and rayon. But I would rather do silk and cotton if there is to be a less than totally silk version(and I would make a lot of mundane clothing out of it just because I won’t be able to afford to dress myself if I spend that kind of money on fabric just for garb).  The problem is that SILK is the perfect fabric and only slightly more costly than the silk and cotton.

Then there is a silk version with real metal threads in the pattern. sigh. drool.

If I DID lose my mind and ended up with 50 meters of a pattern based on extant 9th and 10th century fragments, would there be anyone out there who might buy some of it off of me?