Stone Mountain in Berkeley, as well as my history in and around tattoo shops. I found this wonderful cotton print made to look like old Sailor Jerry-esque tattoos, and knew I had to have it. Of course it isn't very period for the SCA, but it's just a haversack (a Viking messenger bag/ purse) and I wanted to show off my skills!
|Stone Mountain has really fun prints|
I decided to run with it and drew up a design for some applique to decorate the front-
a Valkyrie with roses and a banner that says "BOOYAKA" (a war cry for my group of friends) in runes. I did the entire applique piece in stem stitch, with 50/50 wool and silk embroidery floss, on a tan colored wool.
Once I had that finished it was time for the actual haversack. The lining, as I said earlier, is cotton print, and the outer sack is wool I had left over from a coat I made. It's really nice coating wool, and very soft. The basic seams up the sides of both wool and cotton were machine sewn, but all the decoration and the sewing of lining to shell is hand done. This was done with 100% silk floss, using running, blanket, and Vandyke stitches.
|Vandyke and running stitch along the side seams|