Monthly Archives: September 2011

Indigo dyeing for the kaftan project

September 26, 2011
Covered indigo dye pot.

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Yarn preparations for indigo dyeing

September 17, 2011
Yarn preparations for indigo dyeing

The first step in preparing the yarn for dyeing is to wind it off the cones and into skeins. Dear friends gifted me with a skein winder making this whole process much easier.  I divided the one pound cones into four skeins of roughly the same size.  This was purely guess factor on my part.  I could have gotten much closer to 1/4 pound skeins if I had set the cone on a scale.  Don’t…

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Weaving draft for magyar kaftan

September 16, 2011
Weaving draft for magyar kaftan

The last few days have been more about life and less about projects.  I am chafing at the disruptions. I finally downloaded some free weaving software so I can draft without graph paper.  The program I’m using is called WeaveDesign.  It’s an easy program to use and has made fiddling with the draft for the fabric of the magyar kaftan much easier. I’ve settled on an 8 shaft draft in order to get the look…

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Magyar kaftan inspiration fabric translation

September 14, 2011
Magyar kaftan inspiration fabric translation

Last night, a friend brought her big brain over to my house and applied it to translating the German text in Die Graber der Moscevaja Balka edited by  Anna A. lerusalimskaja .  It was too much to translate all at once. She said she will give me the next part later. Here is what she has given me so far as it relates to the inspiration fabric for the Magyar kaftan: Pg 152 #155 Man’s Kaftan…

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Magyar kaftan inspiration fabric

September 13, 2011
Magyar kaftan inspiration fabric

Kaftan fabric weave I believe I landed on a point twill draft for the fabric for the magyar kaftan I will be creating.  It is not a reconstruction of a period draft, rather it is a design that approximates the look and feel of an extant piece within the constraints of my abilities and the limitations of my equipment.  

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Sunday felting and a look at the indigo dye pot

September 12, 2011
Sunday felting and a look at the indigo dye pot

Sunday was a good day.  Started with checking the indigo dye vat and it’s cooking along nicely.  Its already developed that bronzy indigo “bloom” on top.  That is from the previous indigo in the vat.  The new batch I put in has a few days to go.  Lovely isn’t it? Around noon, my friends Dawn and Merrit came over for afternoon of felting.   Dawn and I had a really good in depth discussion about…

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Busy day. Weaving project. A delightful surprise

September 11, 2011
Busy day.  Weaving project. A delightful surprise

View of the loom Saturday morning. Saturday was a productive day, though everything that was done was not actually on my list yet.  I also struggled throughout the day with shoulder and back pain so there was more napping during the day than originally intended.  Still, I’m pleased with progress on the list. Sewing room excavated. – Check! Shaggy pile weave – Worked on! Plan kaftan fabric project – Started! Weaving task list – Thinking…

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Indigo soup and more shoes

September 9, 2011
Indigo soup and more shoes

Not a whole lot of progress this evening due to the need to meet with friends and plan excursions for the upcoming Carribean cruise.  I did manage to upload about 20 additional images to shoe gallery but I haven’t had time to cite them yet.  The new images are from Scythian and Altaic grave finds and are there to provide additional context and examples of steppes nomadic footwear. At right is the pail o’ indigo as it…

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Felt shoes – some eye candy

September 9, 2011
Felt shoes – some eye candy

I culled some photos of felt shoes and other nomadic shoes from various books last night and uploaded them here.  Enjoy!. In the next couple of days, I’ll talk about how I plan to make that all come together, talk about the choices I am making and the reasons why, as well as document the process I will use in making and embellishing the shoes.

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A beginning – Recreate the clothing of a Magyar woman of the conquest.

September 8, 2011

My current project is to recreate the clothing  for a 9th century magyar woman. It is a challenging project to pursue, given that there have been no intact textiles recovered, little to no portraiture, very little in the way of contemporary description and the artwork in the archeological record doesn’t depict human beings.  Publications are primarily in Hungarian, Russian or German, if they are available at all. For this recreation, I will lean heavily on the…

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