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Contains articles related to viking rus research and exploration.

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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New weaving project – Blue and Gray Cloth

September 25, 2013
Blue and gray broken diamond twill cloth

How would you like to know what’s on my loom right now? August was an insanely busy month for me both professionally and personally. My focus was simply surviving and trying not to drop too many balls. Sadly, the big floor loom was naked for all of that month. An air of reproachfulness emanated from the loom room as she doesn’t like being undressed. Good thing that room has a door that can be closed. But,…

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Another Pair of Broken Diamond Twill Leg Wraps

September 24, 2013
Blue and orange leg wraps.

Last summer I wove a pair of leg wraps in a color combination that particularly appeals to me, blue and orange, and, recently, I took the time to wet-finish the cloth and hand finish the ends. This is the result.

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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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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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Rus kaftan cloth – wet finished

December 31, 2012
Red warp /light brown weft

Yesterday, I pulled the Rus kaftan cloth off the loom.  There is something so lovely about an armful of handwoven yardage. I prepped the cloth for wet finished by pulling out the float warps (I use fishing line), checking for snags, and snipping off loose threads.  I cut a piece off to save for my weaving notebook and tossed the entire lot into the washing machine.   A few of might be horrified to know…

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Completed! Rus Kaftan cloth

December 25, 2012
Completed Rus kaftan cloth on the loom.

I am so pleased to have completed the weaving of the Rus kaftan cloth warp.  Started back in April, this cloth posed unexpected challenges and new learning opportunities. The finished woven length is 11 and 2/3 yards.  I had hoped to make 12 yards even, but that was not to be as one of the sheds became too narrow to throw even my low profie shuttle through it. Through out the weaving, I consistantly struggled…

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Progress Weaving the Rus Kaftan Cloth

December 19, 2012
Changing weft colors.

I have completed weaving eight yards of the madder warp/brown weft combination.  That is enough, I feel, to make the Rus kaftan.  The rest of the warp is being woven with a higher contrast light brown/old gold weft.   I have set a goal to have finish this project on the loom by the end of the year. This project has been quite challenging and not very fun as evidenced by the many months it…

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