Last weekend, the weekend of May 28-30, Kyle and I went to yet another Viking event in Elk Horn, Iowa. This weekend marked one full year of our involvement in Skjaldborg, and this time we were joined by a new member, my old roommate and best friend, Jessica.
She portrays a Norwegian Viking Lady from about the 950’s, an herbalist to be exact. (Jessica is part Norwegian, actually, so that is why she portrays a Norwegian, just as Kyle and I portray Swedes.) This is her ‘finery’, and only kit so far. Even in her finery, she is not that richly dressed, for a Viking. Her underdress is linen, and her overdress is fine wool. Her overdress is my first attempt at a more ‘fitted’ overdress, complete with gores in the sides to make the skirt more full and also make it easier to walk. I gave her my old brooches, which are pewter, and she has a pewter pendant based off a brooch from 10th Century Norway, and necklace and pair of earrings made from blue glass beads.
I also had a new dress, which was a gift to me from a friend. She gave it to me at Ravensborg this spring, and while I had to fix a few tears along the seams it fits well and looks quite nice.
It was nice to wear this kit for the weekend, as it was quite warm and both the underdress and apron dress are made of linen. The underdress is very fitted, made of natural linen, and the apron dress, while not quite as fitted, is made of a finer linen hand-dyed with woad! I also did a little chain-stitch embroidery on the edges of the overdress to make it a little nicer. All of my bling goes just as well with this dress as my other, good thing, and it was fun to finally have something new to wear! (Wear the same dress for five viking events in a row, and you’ll understand.)
On Friday evening, there was a Viking Wedding. Everyone wore their finery, and a good time was had by all! Kyle was the sword-bearer for the bride, as part of the ceremony, and did a wonderful job. (Now, since he didn’t mess up for that wedding, he is terribly afraid he is going to mess something up in my wedding. I told him not to worry.)
Of course, besides the normal crafts of spinning, weaving, and nålbinding, none of which I took pictures of, unfortunately, there was a lot of fighting. It was so much fun, even though I only lived through one battle. One, the whole weekend. Oh well. . .
Pictures from fighting:
Dev also fought in the gambeson for the first time, and apparently it fights well, if a little warm! Still, the report is that it is better than chain mail, on account of being lighter.
Sunday morning, we had more fighting. I did a little better, but still kept losing and dying. Really, I am a pretty terrible fighter– I just have too much fun to stop!
Kyle did well fighting as well, and looked quite sharp!
Of course, there was some time spent just hanging out as well, sitting and talking around the tents.
All in all, it was a wonderful weekend, and Kyle and I have a wonderful time. Unfortunately, Jessica had to leave early, as she was just getting over the flu, but it was still nice to have her there!
Here’s to our second year of going Viking, and may it be as wonderful as the first!