Astrid – Blue Ensemble, version 2
Minnesota Renaissance Festival – 2015/2016
Astrid was a character that didn’t really see much street time, but I loved her nonetheless. As a well-traveled shieldmaiden, I wanted her to appear imposing, relaxed in her prowess. I selected blue for this outfit, using historical dye method tests to ensure the tones selected would have been attainable. I referenced historical garment examples to create patterns for her shirts, pants, and hood – only making minor adjustments to allow for faster fabrication. This is one of the few historical outfits to which I opted to add jewelry. Vikings were thought to be fairly vain, showing their wealth ostentatiously though the wearing of precious metals and gems. Since Astrid is a warrior, I selected a simple rough-faceted cabochon moonstone ring, a quartz wire-wrapped pendant, and a Saami style pewter & leather necklace.
I used only wool and linen fabrics, but by utilizing for varied thread weights and weaving patterns, I was able to create a varied but cohesive look.