With the ‘winter’ LARP season now officially here, I thought it might be an idea to talk a little about making hoods to add an extra layer of warmth over the coming season. I’ve got a couple of ways I make hoods – one using a commercial pattern I have adapted to my needs over the years, and the other using a tutorial made from historical observations. There are so many tutorials out there about making hoods you are sure to find something that will peak your interest or suit your character!
It’s that time of year with the nights drawing in, the temperatures dipping and the woodlands becoming a riot of flaming colour. It’s the time I usually think about revising my kit for the coming winter season and put together the annual “winter prep” blog post for the website.
So here it is – 2018’s reminder to wrap up warm and consider changing your kit for the new season. Happy LARPing.
This is more of a summer prep project, but I wanted to get it out in the field for photos before I wrote about it – so enjoy and consider it a “thoughts for next summer” project.
I have to make a confession – I did not have a hand in making this project apart from expressing a wish to my OH and talking about set dressing it. But since it is kit that relates to our characters, and provided some much needed shade and weather protection during the recent summer gathering, I felt it had to get included on the blog.
I also want to talk about possible ways to dress up IC tent areas and ways to turn a modern gazebo into something more medieval.
When it comes to preparing character kit for my LARP characters, I like to start by considering how my character might live in the costume rather than the finished aesthetic. This is partly so I can try to reuse items I’ve made over the years to add to my character’s wardrobe, but also for practicality. Clothing is a way of expressing ourselves on a day to day basis – why should it not be the same for our characters?
For many of us fest season is wrapping up for another year and the bulk of our kit will be packed away until next year. Now is the time that I find best for sorting through any gear, preparing any patching or repair projects for the winter, and generally giving everything a good solid clean.
If you’re wondering how to squish your kit explosion away until next year, then hopefully there will be some hints and tips right here!