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On the occasion of the “Straw hat month April, I have tried my skills at another project, a straw hat in the technique of the Lengberg finds. I had started it last August at our event at Bachritterburg Kanzach. Since I experimented with the technique for  another impression of mine , I still had a lot of the material left.


After finally being lucky and finding new hat-straw at a reasonable price online, I could work on my favorite craft again, making hats. I did work quite a bit at the Medieval days Bad Windsheim, which I was invited to by German friends of mine as the “Newbie” of the event crew. I made a rather classical modell, but with a little point at the top, I tried to make this model here.

There is really not much to say about the technique which I have not said in my article about my first hat.

Sheperd’s budget

29.09.2016 by Rotschopf in Textile work

Since I have a sheperd’s weapon now and a sheperd’s instrument, I thought, well then I can go full sheperdess! Although it is very likely, I will never be able to get to a sheep-herd any time soon, in case I do get the chance, I already have the equipment! Yay!


I just wanted to give you a little glimpse on a technique which is fairly new to me and which I am about to try out for the first time, filet knitting or netting.

Unfortunately I could not find a lot of information about the technique in its medieval form. I was very impressed by this tutorial here from Via Nostra (Thanks a lot!),  which uses the techniques described by Therese de Dillmont and Katrin Kania.

I asked my husband to film me while netting.


So, I know, I let it slide a bit since the last parts….

The search for original pictures of shirts from my time and region is not as easy as I thought. You often see them, but only worn underneath the kyrtle.



02.12.2015 by Rotschopf in Textile work

A small Work-in-progress to go:

I struggle with knitting for a while now. The basic techniques of medieval knitting are not complicated at all, it is mostly just plain stockinette from what I have seen in original pieces. The patterns are made in Fair Isle-Technique.

BUT the original pieces from the 14th century are all made from fine silk thread which requires the use of very fine, but stable needles. Nikolaus has made some really nice ones for me from brass and I could finally start working using very nice plant dyed silk in green and brown from Marled Mader. I am going for a nice little bag for Nikolaus.



16.10.2015 by Rotschopf in Clothing, Textile work

I had two garters of fine leather with copper-alloy-buckles, yet I lost them somewhere along the event-season. I definitely needed new ones. From wool this time


Since I lost my paternoster a while ago (going by metro a little tipsy and with metal in my earphones on full volume I did not notice one pearl after the other falling from my belt spreading my paternoster all over Vienna) I needed a new one.

When I found these wonderfull coral pearls on an event in Purgstall (Austria), I had enough for 50 Ave Maria prayer beads and 6 pater noster prayerbeads.


Warning: This is a report about a failed experiment

For our vivification of the Bachritterburg Kanzach we wanted to have grilled chicken. Since the best grilled chicken is made over open fire on a spit, we needed a spit-support for the open fire hearth in the fort’s kitchen

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