Does absence make the heart grow fonder?

March 9, 2013

Miss me yet?  I’ve been absent from this website recently because I’ve gotten totally involved in researching and making a German renaissance dress and accessories.  I figure most of you are reading because you are interesting in early period research or in weaving, so I thought I would forego boring you all to tears with my newest obsession. Next week, I’m attending a SCA event called Gulf Wars.  After that, I’ll schedule in some time for early…

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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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Patterned gauze weave – progress post

January 6, 2013
The patterned gauze weave sample on the loom.

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
Construction pattern for Moshchevaya Balka trousers. Image © 1996 Editio Maris. Used for educational purposes only and without permission.

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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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