A 11th century band from Norway

This band was inspired by a brocaded band from Norway, dated to the 11th c. The original was only 0.9 cm wide and the piece that is left is only 3.5 cm long. It had a silk warp and golden weft. The pattern was obtained using 17 pattern cards and 6 border cards (3 on each side). The original find is housed in Trondheim’s Vitenskapsmuseet.

As I don’t have patience for brocading, I usually work with standard tablet weaving techniques. This band is made with the missed-hole technique, so 3 out of 4 holes in each tablet carry the thread. Both the warp and the weft are 2-ply wool, sourced in Estonia.

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