Watching the rapier battles at Pennsic.
Azure, a chevron throughout between three needles bendwise sinister argent.
|Awards & Offices|
My name is Elena Hylton and I am a seamstress and general fiber arts aficionado, though I also dabble in making various types of spirits.
Elena Hylton was born in the early 1100s in northern England. Her family had been Saxon, but had declared for the Conqueror early on. She is heavily influenced by Norman fashion and culture. She has not yet married, but instead stays on at her family home. She is an avid embroider, both for her own household and occasionally ecclesiastical pieces for the chapel located on her father's estate.
Offices & Positions
- Member of the Keepers of Athena's Thimble since 2012. Granted rank of Artisan at Pennsic, 2014.
- Pennsic University Instructor, 2014. "How to Card-Weave Letters, Numbers, and Designs"
I am an enthusiastic embroiderer. My current primary interest is blackwork, but I also dabble in gold work (both laid and underside couching), free embroidery, German brick stitch, drawn thread work, and canvas work.
I greatly enjoy fashion history, with a special focus on Elizabethan and 12th Century.
I also enjoy tablet weaving with various techniques.
I picked up spinning a few years ago and very much enjoy it. My current weirdest experiments have been with cat hair and milk fibers (individually, not both on the same spindle).
I also do viking wire weaving, which I absolutely adore.
One of my current goals is to start with raw wool and make a period dress, but that will have to wait until I get a larger loom.
I am a huge supporter of the rapier crew The Handsome Boys and am so proud of their accomplishments at Pennsic 43!