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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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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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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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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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A mystery solved – Tinder tube

April 5, 2012
A mystery solved – Tinder tube

For years, I’ve been puzzling over a picture in the book, “Ancient Hungarians” as it is literally the only picture in the entire book that shows textile fragments.  In the picture, there is a strange metal object; a tube.  It looks unlike any textile tool I’ve ever seen.  Clearly, the authors were as stumped as I for the description of the object is as follows: “Bronze tube bent of sheet metal.  One end tapers slightly,…

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New project – wool diamond twill cloth for Rus Kaftan

April 3, 2012
New project – wool diamond twill cloth for Rus Kaftan

Now that the big road trip is over, its time to get a new warp on the loom.  My next big project is going to be cloth for a Rus Kaftan for my husband. The yarn I’ve chosen is Jaggerspun Maine Line 2/20 worsted wool.  I’ve ordered three pounds each of two colors – Sable, a warm, rich medium brown and Bittersweet, which is a dark rusty red.  I’m hoping to have a bit of…

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Klappenrock: a viking jacket

March 1, 2012
In progress

I’ve been wanting to make a short viking coat (sometimes called a Klappenrock) for my husband for some time.   The jacket is loosely based on the cross over coat worn in some of the dancing man depictions as well as various other stone carving and artifacts. I started out making a couple of sketches.  I’m terrible at drawing, but I like to get my ideas out on paper so I can work out some…

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