Roman Belt Pouch

Last Ragnarok I was annoyed by my lack of an appropriate Late Roman belt pouch. So one of my projects for this year became fixing that problem. But first, I had to figure out what would count as appropriate. None of my artistic sources depict belt pouches, and yet, they seem like imminently sensible things […]

Late Roman Paenula Cloak

I needed a cloak for events, both to keep the rain off and to keep myself warm—since I moved to upstate New York and cold is a thing that sometimes happens there. Before I finished my MA I spent some time with a German book that was all about late Roman/early Byzantine hats and head-coverings […]

Late Antique Tunic Tutorial

Late Antique Tunic This tutorial will provide another approach to making tunics. The pattern difficulty lies somewhere between the basic T tunic and the classic bockstein. Time and Place This type of tunic is attested by artistic evidence from all over Europe, North Africa, and the Near East during the late Roman Empire, but the […]

Late Antique Trousers-Patterns and Comparisons

Late Antique Trousers In this section I’ll provide step-by-step information for making your own late antique trousers–fitted trousers with plenty of room to maneuver. I arrived at these instructions after studying two articles which detailed 5 pairs of late antique pants. There was a lot of variation among these examples, but they all had certain […]

Dagorhir Feast

My Drentha Cooking Apprentice Feast was made for Peasant Revolt on 9/2/2017 at Slippery Rock University. I believe I put together an excellent Peasant Revolt Dagorhir feast by making Latvian Serf Food.   The menu was:                                                                 Reviews:   Apprentice Dish Summer Solstice Cheese,         A caraway seed butter cheese.                                                    Big hit, fully half vanished during […]

Anglo-Saxon skirmishing shield

I own a large battleshield of which I am very proud. This shield was carefully researched and constructed to look as much like the shields of sixth century England as I could achieve in foam, including small details like a metal handle forged by a blacksmith in imitation of the originals. This battleshield is, however, […]

Garb your Children!

Braies Measurements needed: Inseam – I Outseam – O Waist – W Front of waist between legs to back of the waist – C (make sure this measurement is comfortably loose)   Length of fabric is 2xO + seam allowance (I used 2in.) Width of fabric is C + seam allowance (I used 1in.) This […]

A hearty briw

Bread was hard to make in the early middle ages. If you didn’t have a water mill (and people in sixth-century England didn’t), you had to grind it by hand. The flour to bake a single day’s bread might take four hours to grind. If you were wealthy and could afford to task a few […]

Anglo-Saxon wheat and rye bread: Take 1 & Take 2

For several months, I’ve been following a wonderful new blog that’s all about bread. Early medieval English bread, to be precise. (Fiaren has also been reading this blog, and posted about it here.) The blog’s authors, Debby Banham (University of Cambridge) and Martha Bayless (University of Oregon), explain that bread in the early middle ages was […]

Feathered Renaissance Brimmed Hat

Mara’ramja! Fyaren back again with another sewing project for my new Renaissance-inspired Kender Paladin kit–a doofy hat!  In my mundane life I really love to wear hats, but it’s always brought on me a certain agony…how could I possibly ever cover my majestic topknot!?  Well, most people don’t know this, but Kender can wear many […]