Articles related to historical research on any topic.

Teaching Myself to Weave on a Warp Weighted Loom

November 16, 2017
Picture of a free standing warp weighted loom.

I have a new loom! Isn’t she beautiful? I’m starting a new project! I’m giddy with excitement! Keep reading to learn more about what I’m up to.

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Birka Posaments

September 22, 2014
Birka posament samples

I’m exploring a new embellishment technique – posaments from the Birka grave finds.

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Patterned gauze weave – progress post

January 6, 2013

I have been able to do a little weaving on the patterned gauze weave sample currently on my rigid heddle loom.

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Trouser inventory from Moshchevaya Balka

January 5, 2013

2 in a series on trousers.  Part 1 is here. I spent this morning with a German-speaking friend translating the inventory of garments and fragments identified as  trousers in “Die Gräber der Moscevaja Balka”. [1] Footnotes    (↵ returns to text) 2 in a series on trousers.  Part 1 is here. I spent this morning with a German-speaking friend translating the inventory of garments and fragments identified as  trousers in “Die Gräber der Moscevaja Balka”. {{1}}↵

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Trousers from Moshchevaya Balka

January 4, 2013

This is part 1. Some time ago, I posted a gallery of photos showing my interpretation of Conquest era female Magyar garments. Perhaps you’ll be happy to know that I’m finally getting around to sharing how I reached the conclusions demonstrated in those garments.

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Translating books in other languages for research purposes.

January 1, 2013

Many of the best books for research are in languages other than English.  Russia, in particular, has the most amazing archaeological books.  Yum!  Most of the ones on topics of interest to me are in Hungarian, Russian, German, or Danish.  Since I speak none of those languages, translation is necessary. Currently, I am working on translating the clothing section of Die Gräber der Moščevaja Balka by Anna A. Ierusalimskaja into English.  I thought you might be interested in…

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Patterned gauze weave – Choosing a direction

December 29, 2012
Patterned gauze weave – Choosing a direction

It immediately became clear, upon graphing the gauze weave draft, that the rigid heddle loom was going to impose its own limitations upon this effort.  Not having any direct experience with weaving with a rigid heddle, that had not occurred to me until that point. Each line in the paper pattern at right represents 4 warp threads.  My rigid heddle is 10 ends per inch and is 21 inches wide, giving me a maximum warp…

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New weaving project – patterned gauze weave

December 28, 2012

I’ve a friend who studies the Scythian and Pazyryk cultures and she introduced me to a book from an Abegg-Stiftung exhibit in 2001 called “Fabulous Creatures from the Desert Sands“. The book details woolen textiles from the tombs of Shanpula in Xinjiang, China.  Textiles range from gorgeous polychrome horizontal tapestries, to pile rugs, to wide, multi-strand flat braids used as flounces on skirts to embroidered textiles and my current obsession, hand-manipulated lace cloth. I’ve been studying…

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Moshchevaya Balka

December 22, 2012

Found a great stash of amateur photos from the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg of the “Moshchevaya Balka: A Monument to the North Caucasian Silk Road”.  These photos appear to have been taken by a russian historical reenactor. You can look at the pictures here.  Enjoy!  

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Magyar Clothing

December 25, 2011

This web site is primarily concerned with the clothing and culture of the ancient Hungarians prior to the year 1000. When I began this research several years ago, I don’t think I really understood at the time how difficult and frustrating it would prove to be. Several factors hamper the amateur scholar. Soil conditions in the Carpathian Basin and in the ancestral lands of Levedia and Etelköz, are not conducive to preserving textiles in the…

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