Katla járnkona

Katla, Kat, iron woman, iron maid, ironmaid

Katla jarnkona holding beads she made herself

I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronisms (S.C.A., Inc.). An anachronism is something out of its proper time. The S.C.A. is a world-wide, non-profit educational organization whose purpose is the recreate the middle Ages (600 A.D. to 1600 A.D.).

Time passes and my voyage of discovery in the Current Middle Ages has evolved. I started out as a woman named "Darbie of Ironmaid". I later developed a French persona, "Symmonne Deccarrete de Villette."

A few years ago, I took a class on the Norse/Viking apron dress. Having then discovered how wonderful the clothing is, to me, anyway, I have been developing a new persona, Katla járnkona, an early period Norse/Viking woman.

I recently completed my first completely hand-sewn apron dress and a completely hand-sewn linen Norse underdress. I made two strands of my own beads for my schwang, the jewelry that hangs between my tortoise shell broaches. I was pleased and proud to win the July Tourney Garb competition at Coronation, 2010; I have now advanced from the Intermediate to the Advanced category in costuming.

My family heritage is ⅜ Swedish, ⅛ Danish, so you could say that I'm getting back to my roots!


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Katla járnkona