Monday, October 21, 2013

Days of Knights, and Vikings, too...

~Photo courtesy of Wes Chambers and Black Flag Forge - used with permission~
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~Photo courtesy of Amy Jorgensen and Yvonne Curly~
The Days of Knights Festival in Fort Campbell, Kentucky was the weekend of October 10-13, and I helped my friend, Wes Chambers (owner of Black Flag Forge), put together a canvas for an Oseberg viking pavilion he had designed for the event. 

As simple as the design concept is, the undertaking of the project was huge. The frame of the pavilion is a 10' x 10' x 12' mortise and tenon - it took 32 yards of 70" black 13-ounce canvas to complete the design. Because of the lifting arms and the scale of the frame, the canvas could not be simply cut and sewn by using the frame's measurements - it had to be draped (in part to stretch the canvas across the frame), pinned, marked, removed, sewn, and repeat.

It was certainly a two-man job. However, the size of the pavilion was not our greatest obstacle, but the rain. It poured off and on for three weeks, and in between times (which were few and far), a rather large arachnid and several neighborhood cats took-up residence. As the festival weekend neared, a sense of panic began to take over. But, alas! A few days before the event, the rain stopped, the sun shined, and I kicked the feline squatters to the curb (I was thankful the spider had already left). It took a day for the canvas to dry on the frame in the sun, and two solid sun-up to sun-down days of sewing madness for Wes and me to finish up. Good times!

~Mortise and tenon frame structure with arms lifted~

~Sewing the center seam to the main body of the A-frame~

~Ugh, the rain!~

~Draped, pinned, marked, and trimmed~

~Hello, Mordred...~

~Mortise and tenon detail~

~Giving the arms a trial run with the canvas before finishing the seams~

~Photo courtesy of Randyll Blackwood - used with permission~

~Photo courtesy of Amy Jorgensen and Yvonne Curly - used with permission~

For more wonderful photos, costuming and pavilion inspirations from the Days of Knights Festival, please visit their site; and check out Half-A-Hundred Acre Wood and the write-up in the The Eagle Post.

Blessing and happy sewing!

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