Heavy Metal Embroidery

A look at Finnish Iron Age textiles.


11 C. Finnish Iron Age

11 C. Finnish Iron Age

I am a Finnish Iron Age Enthusiast with a 14th Century craving from time to time. ;-D I am a member of The Society for Creative Anachronism and within the SCA I am a Duchess (meaning I have been queen 2 or more times). I currently live in the Kingdom of Drachenwald (Sweden, specifically) but I moved here in 2011 from the Kingdom of Aethelmearc (Western NY, specifically).

I will be the first to tell you that I am no expert in Finnish Iron Age but I have gained such a taste for it that I want to share what I have done/researched with everyone, in hopes that it inspires others to take a look at a very interesting time in history.


2 thoughts on “About

  1. hello! I see your blog only as two posts at the moment, but I’m really curious about the outfit you’re wearing in the picture above, especially the red layer. It’s kind of looks like something I stumbled across on Pinterest from a Council of Europe publication (From Viking to Crusader), but which I have failed to find out anything more about. Thanks! ~ Wencenedl from Ealdormere

    • Hello Elise!

      Well…my inspiration for the above red layer came from the book, Ancient Finish Costumes by Pirkko-Liisa Lehtosalo-Hilander. If you Google the book and author, you should be able to find your own pdf. copy on-line. 😀

      HOWEVER…the book was published in 1984 and the costumes recreated in the book reflect the believes of that time. Now a days they feel that the ancient Fins would not have wasted the amount of fabric needed to make the styles in the book. They believe that the overdress would have been folded at the top (like the Eura dress) and not as i have done it above.

      I learned this after i had made my outfit and had gone to Finland for an SCA event and had a chance to speak with one of the Fins who also share a passion for Finnish Iron Age. She said it is a recent belief and is being discussed in different forums and no “one” book has been published about it. So please take the info i give you as that…just another way of interpreting what is found in the ground. 😀

      As far as my progress on the apron in my blog…yes…i REALLY need to finish it considering it has now been given out.

      Thank you for taking the time to write to me!


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