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Iron Age Finnish Mantle – Pattern draft and warping the loom

June 13, 2013
A close-up of the reed and the sleyed warp ends.

The Finnish mantle warp is on the loom and I’m ready to start weaving!  Here are all the details on that process or you can skip over that part and go straight for the weaving eye candy as I have a largish gallery of photos documenting the process.

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Naalbinding projects gallery

January 7, 2013
My second project was a pair of socks for myself in Lopi 100% wool singles.

Several years ago, a friend taught me to naalbind using what is commonly known as the mammen stitch.  Naalbinding is an ancient needle looping technique that predates knitting for string manipulation.  It was used in the Viking age, but also dates to ancient Egypt, I believe.

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SCA Encampment Kitchen Additions – Viking Edition

January 2, 2013
I co-opted an A-frame tent from a friend of mine who isn't camping much anymore to use as a kitchen tent.  Here it is set up with the side raised.

My big project for last year’s season was to begin to put together a better encampment kitchen setup.  I made some good progress and expect to continue to work on it this year.  Here is a gallery of photos showing what we were up to.  I hope you enjoy these pictures.  

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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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Linen towels – washed, dried and hemmed.

April 15, 2012
The finished linen towels after weaving, washing,drying, pressing and hemming.

After I cut the linen warp off the loom and cut the towels apart, I hand washed and air-dried one of the towels to see how it would react.   That came out well, so I screwed up the courage to throw all the towels in the washing and drying machines.    They came out well!  The weave and the fiber relaxed into a nice drapey hand. Next step was to press them and hand…

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Putting together the new jurta door

April 10, 2012
And there you have it.  A door!

Last winter, my husband built a new door and frame for the jurta.  The primary requirement was that it would easily break down for transport, unlike the red and black doors,which were transported in one piece.  The construction was inspired by a yurt door design in “Yurta: a Central Asian Nomad’s Hearth and Home”, a video produced as part of a kirghiz yurt exhibit at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego in 1997. In…

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Jurta and encampment

March 27, 2012
The jurta with a new door and roof ring.  The belly band is also new this year having languished in my project pile for years.  It was finished for me in December by a dear friend.

I’m at an SCA event this week where the weather is sunny and gorgeous, something that is somewhat rare where I live. It’s a perfect time to take pictures of my camp. I hope you enjoy this new gallery.

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Handweaving gallery

March 3, 2012
Yellow broken diamond twill cloth completed in January 2010.  This picture was taken just after cutting it off the loom, before washing and drying.

In lieu of a real blog post, I thought I would be a photo gallery of some of my weaving projects.  For some reason, I thought this would be easier.  Not so much as it turns out.  I went back through four years of pictures and project notes to  put this together.  I hope you enjoy this chronicle of my adventures in fabric weaving.  I do a LOT of broken diamond twill.

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9th Century Female Magyar Clothing of the Conquest

February 10, 2012
Full length view of the outer Kaftan layer. The fabric was woven from natural and indigo-dyed worsted wool in an original draft inspired by an extant example. It is edged with fine dark blue linen. All the seams are turned under and finished. The Kaftan pattern is based on an 8th century Alanic find at Moscevaya Balka.

This gallery contains 18 photos.

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