I’m actually on time for deadline with a project for the HSF! (Although technically it’s the second try at a deadline…) Yay!
The challenge Re-do has deadline today, and since my plan for the Fairytale challenge was to make a little red viking hood, but I didn’t have time to do it for that challenge, what better challenge to re-do than the fairytale one? So the little red riding hood is set in the Viking Age this time.
This cap is based on the info on this page, listing a lot of hat/cap/headbind finds. I found this in the Early Medieval section, it was found in Dublin and dates to the early-mid 10th century. It differs from the most famous Dublin Viking hood in some ways. My hood has no ties, since the entry I based this on has no mentions of ties. The most famous Dublin Viking hood/cap was made from silk, but there have been finds of woollen caps too. The inspiration for this project is an entry in the list describing a hood made from wool in a tabby z/z weave in dark reddish brown, measuring 18×23 cm. I differ from the original description in some ways, as my hood’s finished measurements are 19×22 cm and the fabric is woollen twill weave. The colour might be plausible, since this fabric is the same shade as plant dyed madder wool, and the mention of a reddish hue in the finds recording. According to the finds entry this hood was stitched to fit the head, but not trimmed after the stitches, so the pointy top remains. I tried to point stitch the top, but I didn’t get it to fit well, so I unmade those stitches and left the hood without.
It was a rather easy project to make, since the shape is pretty much a rectangle. The difficult thing was to take pictures. Most pictures I try to take with myself as a model end up with me closing my eyes and making a wierd face, so here’s one where you see the cool shape of the hood, but not so much of my closed eyes…
Pictures with a whole Viking outfit will hopefully come when the All-that-glitters-challenge is done. Until then…
Facts of the Little Red Viking Hood
The Challenge: Re-do. Challenge I’m re-doing: Fairytale (Little Red Riding Hood as a Viking)
Fabric: Madder red wool
Pattern: A rectangle. Folded over and sewn together.
Year: Early-mid 10th century
Notions: Linen thread, bees wax
How historically accurate is it? Fairly. I made some assumptions, and didn’t stitch the top, and I haven’t seen the original find. Still I’d say about 85%.
Hours to complete: Approx 2.5 in a leisurely pace.
First worn: Yesterday for the frustrating attempt to get a photo with my eyes open.
Total cost: Would guess not over 30 SEK. Woollen fabric is rather expensive, but there was such a small amount used for this project.