Gillian is an old-school handcraft nerd who loves meticulous technique and naturalistic materials. She spent more than 500 hours building her Ciri, over half of which was spent on hand embroidery and finishing, to create garments that feel rugged and authentic to the setting but also eclectic and richly embellished. Although the main pieces were done in wool, leather, and steel mail, more than 25 different materials were used to create the complete ensemble, including eight for the sword alone. Techniques included patternmaking, sewing, embroidery, tablet weaving, chainmail, worbla armor, jewelry making, sculpting, and leatherwork.
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