Monday, September 29, 2014

Blessi and the Lewis Chessmen Blanket

I am asking Blessi to walk on to compete at the
ring joust.--hence my slightly forward seat.
One of the knights from the Lewis Chessmen--Wikipedia
My persona in the SCA Jófriđr Mánadőttir is of course a woman living in Iceland around 1100.  I am trying to create more historically accurate garb and tack.  For the latest tournament, I made a saddle blanket inspired by the Lewis Chessmen.  The blanket is blue wool with a card -oven braid in red and greens and yellow.

Found on a Scottish island in 1831, these ivory chesspieces were carved in Norway or Iceland (academics are still debating the source) in the 1100s.  

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