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Patterned gauze weave – warping the rigid heddle loom

December 31, 2012
The heddle has been completed threaded and I've tied onto the front apron bar.  On a rigid heddle loom, its VERY important to tie on with your heddle in the "UP" open shed position.  This allows the threads in the holes to be slightly longer then the slot threads in order to create a shed.

I spent a good portion of yesterday on the rigid heddle loom, measuring the warp and warping the loom.   I am indebted to the information contained in Betty Linn Davenport’s invaluable book “Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving“, without which I would probably still trying to get the patterned gauze sample on the loom. The key piece of information I learned during this process is that when tying on, the heddle has to be in…

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Coiled terminal wire bracelet

February 6, 2012
Coiled terminal wire bracelet

What is more fun that recreating a piece of jewelry commonly worn during the Magyar conquest era?   This project uses a minimum amount of tools and is really quite easy to complete.  Lets get started! Bracelets were a common item of jewelry in the Magyar Conquest, worn by both men and women at all levels of society.  They were commonly worn in pairs, even multiples, and were often used to gather wide sleeves of their garments. …

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Mount-Ornamented Headdress

December 25, 2011
Mount-Ornamented Headdress

The purpose of this article is not to provide step-by-step instructions, rather, it is to document for you the process I used in prototyping a Magyar headdress of the Conquest Era. You may have a better and more authentic way to construct one. In that case, I really do hope that you’ll share. The completed project – a prototype headdress. This project came about because of my frustration with keeping a veil on my head. My…

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Bead Row Pendant Earrings

December 24, 2011
Bead Row Pendant Earrings

These early 10th century Magyar earrings can be made quickly and easily using commercially available findings or you can fashion your own findings from raw materials. Supplies you’ll need: 8 – 5mm silver beads 2 ft – 20 gauge brass wire -or- 8 gold-colored coiled wire beads 2 hoop earwires 2 – 3 inch headpins For a more period approach, skip the earwires and headpins. Instead purchase: 1 ft – 20 gauge silver wire gold leaf (optional) gold…

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