October – The narrow Oseberg band in silk

So far in my adventure with tablet weaving I have used only wool yarns. There are so many of them available that trying each and every kind and deciding what it is (not) good for is quite an engaging activity. I was also told by more experienced weavers that working …

Baltic raiders and the founding of Stockholm

The people living on the eastern side of the Baltic sea such as the Estonians, Curonians and Baltic Finns were not only attacked by the Vikings, but also themselves organized a few raids to the shores of Sweden. One of them was a particular success (or disaster, depending on which …

Scandinavians’ presence in the Viking Age Baltics

Sagas and chronicles tell stories about the lands of today’s Estonia and their interaction with the Scandinavians. Unfortunately these sources were often written much later than the events they describe took place and involve some fantasy elements. Their authors perhaps have never been to Estonia. Yet, these sources give evidence …