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Nålbinding – learning to knit like a Viking

In Danish the word means ‘needle-binding’.  And judging by some of the photos that you can find on Pinterest, there’s been quite a rediscovery of this technique by modern crafters. Nålbinding predates our modern knitting and crochet by more than … Continue reading

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Creativity and Inspiration

Creativity For as long as textiles have been created – whether by braiding, felting or weaving – craft-workers have been combining the functional requirements of the cloth with creative ideas.  This may have been to enhance the textile’s warmth or strength, to introduce different fibres, or to … Continue reading

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The Huldremose Woman has more to tell us

There is an interesting story I’d like to share – which has emerged from the research of Margarita Gleba and Ulla Mannering.  Their articles are referenced below. It was sometime in the 2nd century BC, and a woman living in … Continue reading

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Diamonds and Broken Diamonds

Diamond twill is an ancient weave which has been identified in textiles dating back thousands of years.  I think it is a beautiful, symmetrical and versatile pattern that combines well with borders in a point twill, or with variations of … Continue reading

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A warp-weighted Tablet Weaving Loom

I’m enjoying teaching myself about tablet weaving, through some reading and a lot of trial and error.  Over the past few months I’ve spent quite a while experimenting with ways to make sure that I’ve got the right tension on … Continue reading

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Celtic Knots

I found an interesting pattern for weaving a Celtic knot design, so I am giving it a try.  (Thank you Robyn Spady. http://www.weavezine.com/content/kiss-me-i%E2%80%99m-irish) Of course it won’t be authentic as far as Celtic weaving design goes.  As I have written … Continue reading

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The earliest Scottish Tartan

I am ready to get back to weaving Celtic designs again, after a couple of months of working on those two blankets.  This time, in recognition of the resounding vote by the Scottish in last week’s British election, I am … Continue reading

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The Celts of Iron Age Europe

Sometimes discussion of the Celts can inspire romantic or fanciful notions which bear little relation to the archaeology of the European Iron Age.  In fact, archaeologists and historians continue to debate the meaning of the word ‘Celt’ as it relates to these … Continue reading

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Tablet Weaving

Tablet weaving (also known as card weaving) is an ingenious technique for taking long bundles of warp threads and passing them through perforated tablets, then manipulating these to make strong patterned bands.  Historically this was done with either a back … Continue reading

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Blankets in Tabby

I have warped up the loom now for two blankets in double weave, so when they’re off the loom they will be twice the width of my reed.  This project was inspired by a family holiday last summer to the … Continue reading

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