Four panel hat

February 28, 2012
Completed linen hat

Recently,  I was inspired to create a four panel hat.  It’s something that I’ve been meaning to do forever and just never got around to it.  A friend showed me a couple caps she made and another friend  has been talking about the fabric she is weaving to make caps so that is probably where some of the motivation came from.  Thanks, ladies, for getting me off my butt! That night the muse bit me hard…

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Indigo Dyed Naalbind Socks

February 14, 2012
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Last autumn, I dyed some Lopi icelandic wool singles skeins with indigo as a test before dying the wool for the kaftan fabric.  I was excited by the way the yarn turned out; the color was rich and saturated.  I knew instantly what I wanted to make from them – naalbind socks.  Because I had a lot of other projects going on at the time, I reluctantly set the yarn aside for another time. I…

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9th Century Female Magyar Clothing of the Conquest

February 10, 2012
Full length view of the outer Kaftan layer. The fabric was woven from natural and indigo-dyed worsted wool in an original draft inspired by an extant example. It is edged with fine dark blue linen. All the seams are turned under and finished. The Kaftan pattern is based on an 8th century Alanic find at Moscevaya Balka.

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Coiled terminal wire bracelet

February 6, 2012
Coiled terminal wire bracelet

What is more fun that recreating a piece of jewelry commonly worn during the Magyar conquest era?   This project uses a minimum amount of tools and is really quite easy to complete.  Lets get started! Bracelets were a common item of jewelry in the Magyar Conquest, worn by both men and women at all levels of society.  They were commonly worn in pairs, even multiples, and were often used to gather wide sleeves of their garments. …

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Jurta Refurbishing–A New Roof Ring

February 6, 2012
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We haven’t had to do a lot of repairs to the jurta since my husband and I build it in 2000 despite a near catastrophic accident several years ago when the tension band gave out after the yurt was fully set up.  That resulted in a roof ring splitting out and a few broken ties on the jurta walls.  We repaired the roof ring with strapping tape.  Believe it or not, that repair held, ugly…

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Thinking about magyar shoes

January 28, 2012
Thinking about magyar shoes

For quite a while, I’ve been fascinated with this image from Ancient Hungarians of conquest era magyar boot mounts lifted as they lay from the grave site.  There are multiple examples of ornamental boot mounts scattered throughout the book, but this is the only one that shows how they were originally found. According to the book, the boot mounts were collected in 1961 during a rescue excavation from graves discovered during the laying of electricity…

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Magyar Clothing

December 25, 2011

This web site is primarily concerned with the clothing and culture of the ancient Hungarians prior to the year 1000. When I began this research several years ago, I don’t think I really understood at the time how difficult and frustrating it would prove to be. Several factors hamper the amateur scholar. Soil conditions in the Carpathian Basin and in the ancestral lands of Levedia and Etelköz, are not conducive to preserving textiles in the…

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Mount-Ornamented Headdress

December 25, 2011
Mount-Ornamented Headdress

The purpose of this article is not to provide step-by-step instructions, rather, it is to document for you the process I used in prototyping a Magyar headdress of the Conquest Era. You may have a better and more authentic way to construct one. In that case, I really do hope that you’ll share. The completed project – a prototype headdress. This project came about because of my frustration with keeping a veil on my head. My…

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Bead Row Pendant Earrings

December 24, 2011
Bead Row Pendant Earrings

These early 10th century Magyar earrings can be made quickly and easily using commercially available findings or you can fashion your own findings from raw materials. Supplies you’ll need: 8 – 5mm silver beads 2 ft – 20 gauge brass wire -or- 8 gold-colored coiled wire beads 2 hoop earwires 2 – 3 inch headpins For a more period approach, skip the earwires and headpins. Instead purchase: 1 ft – 20 gauge silver wire gold leaf (optional) gold…

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A new door for the jurta

December 24, 2011
A new door for the jurta

Edited to add:  The door described in this post is now mounted on the wall of my sewing room.  After eight years, we built a new, new door in 2012. Tourney season is coming up and I really need to stop procrastinating. You see, in September of 2001, as we were coming back from a crown event, my jurta door, which was bungied to the roof rack of my SUV, came loose and went flying.…

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