Astridr Selr Leifsdóttir

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Astridhr 1.jpg
Winter Weekend 2007 working on Viking loom
Preferred title: Not specified
Their Pronouns: Not specified
Resides: Heatherwyne
Status: Active
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence
Azure, a melusine with hands clasped at her breast argent, crined and tailed, and in chief three estoiles of eight rays Or
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Mistress Astridhr Selr Leifsdóttir, OL, OP is an accomplished fiber artist who creates wonderous things in a range of art forms including spinning, weaving, dyeing, embroidery, and even raising silk worms. Along with being a teacher and researcher, she has been an avid supporter of the Bardic Arts for many years, and was recognized with a Harp Argent on 06/04/1994 by TRM Cristian and Crystal for her efforts. She is married to Master Eiríkr Mjoksiglandi Sigurðarson; they are the (real-world) parents of Lady Elisabeth Goodchilde and Tofi inn hvassi.

She was elevated to the Order of the Pelican on 11/14/1999 by TRM Francesc and Seanach, and to the Order of the Laurel by TRM Brand and Nuala on 07/24/2004 for Spinning. Notable in her Laurel ceremony was her presentation of a basket of silk worms as tools of her craft. Their Majesties kindly returned the basket into Mistress Astridr's keeping.


Note: Her preferred spelling of her given name is "Astridhr"

Offices & Positions

Event Staff

Projects & Publications

  • Tournaments Illuminated, 'Threads to the Past: Medieval Activities for Children' (August 1996)
  • Tournaments Illuminated, 'The Babee's Book: Authenticity Issues and Children's Activities' (January 1999)
  • The Compleat Anachronist, #138 (January 2008), "Around the House: A Medieval Child’s Guide to Useful Skills"
  • Spin-Off Magazine
    • 'Spinning With Children: Creating Connection, Igniting the Spark', Summer 2012
    • 'The Warp Weighted Loom', Summer 2013
    • 'A Link to Spinners Past,' Summer 2013
    • Cover Photo and Cover Article 'Journey to the Tinkuy: You're not leaving without Spinning!', Summer 2014
  • "A Garden to Dye For" by Chris McLaughlin (April 2014). Two full-page photos of homespun and naturally dyed yarn (pgs 50 & 112), with yarn and photos provided by Mistress Astridhr.
  • Participant in GWW Spinzilla 2015
  • Participant in GWW Spinzilla 2016

Classes Taught



AstridhrLaurel16.JPG At her Laureling ceremony Astridhr at loom cropped.jpg Weaving Astridhr cardweaving GWW 2012.jpg Cardweaving at GWW XV
Astridhr teaching spinning.jpg Teaching spinning Astridhr 2.jpg AstridhrLaurel16.JPG Laurel elevation
Wroth Family.jpg
Lady Elisabeth Goodchilde, Mistress Astridr Selr Leifsdóttir, Master Eiríkr Mjoksiglandi Sigurðarson & Tofi inn hvassi, 11/14/1999
Astridhr with Laurel cope.jpg With the Laurel Cope Eirikr and Astridhr GWW 2000.jpg With Master Eiríkr Mjoksiglandi Sigurðarson
Ercil spinning.jpg Spinning Ercil and Friend.jpg With a proto-project Ercil Indigo Blu 2009.JPG Indigo blue hands