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Scythian-inspired Felt Hat

February 13, 2014
Front view of the completed Scythian-inspired felt hat

In September 2013, I made a felt hat for a friend.  The hat is based on styles worn by turkic tribes in near Asia for several thousand years, with a crown similar to “Phrygian caps” with the back and sides worn long. I’ve collected a few images on this pinterest board.

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Iron Age Finnish Mantle – Fingerloop Braiding with Bronze Wire Coils. Part One.

September 28, 2013
Finger loop braiding with coiled wire.

One of the striking features of the iron age Finnish Mantle is its heavily ornamentated borders. They are a composite of two different textiles techniques; integrated tablet weaving and fingerloop braiding. Throw in some bling in the form of bronze wire coils and you have a rich, complex work of art. In order to recreate this effect, it was necessary to teach myself fingerloop braiding. The internet to the rescue! I taught myself fingerloop braiding…

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Iron Age Finnish Mantle – Integrated Tablet Woven Band

September 22, 2013
Integrated tablet woven band

The Iron Age Finnish Mantle project, completed in July 2013, was a wonderful opportunity to learn a variety of new-to-me textile techniques. One of those new experiences was creating table woven bands integrated with the body of the mantle. These bands served a dual purpose in that they were both decorative and functional, keeping the cloth from raveling.

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Iron age Finnish Mantle – Weaving the cloth

July 3, 2013
2/2 twill weave for the body of the mantle

The iron age Finnish mantle is such an interesting project; rich in texture and steeped in history.   The mantle is just one part of much larger effort to make a complete female Finnish costume.  I am grateful to work with a group of passionate artists who really care about history and the quality of their work.     In this post, I’m going to talk about the process of weaving the mantle cloth.

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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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Iron age Finnish Mantle – Warp Calculations

May 30, 2013
Pile of yarn

In my last post, I introduced you to my latest project, weaving a shawl inspired by an iron age Finnish mantle.  Now that you have the background, its time to get down to some specifics.  I am making changes to size, color, and fiber content, as well as making guesses to some of the construction details where they are not known.  If I was hard core, I would be doing this on a warp weighted…

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Starting A New Project – Iron Age Finnish Mantle

May 29, 2013
Perniö mantle grave find in the Finnish National Museum.  ©2010 Zoe McDonnell.  Used by permission.

I am starting a new project with a hard deadline of the third weekend in July.  This project, an iron-age Finnish mantle, combines cloth weaving, tablet weaving and coiled wire work.   I fully expect the next six weeks to be filled with insanity, frustration, ah-ha moments and, hopefully, joyous triumph.  I’m looking forward to it!

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Broken Diamond Twill Leg Wraps completed

April 22, 2013
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This weekend  I wet-finished and hemmed the blue/yellow leg wraps I had recently taken off the loom.  Very pleased with how they look.  

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New weaving project – broken diamond twill leg wraps

April 2, 2013
New weaving project – broken diamond twill leg wraps

Its been four months since I finished the cloth for the Rus kaftan and, this past Sunday, I finally made time to beam a new weaving project on my floor loom – a pair of leg wraps (wicklebanders or winningas) in dark blue and yellow for a viking reenactor friend.

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Beginning Landsknecht – Blue Trossfrau

March 30, 2013
Trossfrau sketch

In January of 2013, I decided to branch out from my usual early period research and crafts.  I have several friends who do Landknecht really well and I though it would be interesting to give it a shot.

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