March – red, blue, white ‘Slavic’ belt

Although the so called ‘pan-Slavic’ colours – red, white, and blue – were introduced only in the 19th century, they were rather common and widely worn colours in the Middle Ages. Red dye was obtained from dried madder root, while blue from dried leaves of woad and later, indigo. The …

February – Tablet woven band from 14th century Germany

Tablet weaving is mainly a domain of Viking Age enthusiasts. When I was involved in the late Middle Ages reenactment we hardly knew this craft. This is because in the second half of the Middle Ages (let’s say from the 12th century onwards) tablet weaving was gradually losing its importance …

Chevron weave – January 2018

One of the basic patterns in tablet weaving and weaving in general are diagonal lines. Once you master the technique how to manipulate the tablets to obtain them, there is a whole new world of diagonals-based patterns to discover and design. Chevrons, diamonds, basket weaves are all easily obtainable especially …

Hallstatt band – January 2018

In this project I looked beyond my pet period of history, namely the Viking Age and wove one of the so called Hallstatt patterns (800 – 400 BC). Hallstatt, modern-day Austria, was a salt mine where a large amount of objects dating to the late Bronze/early Iron Age were found, …