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 as an everyday craft and eventually got replaced with other weaving techniques. At the same time, there have been found a few, rather very ornamental and intricate, tablet woven bands from this late period.

One of them is this intriguing animal motif from a 14th century band from Germany. The original was brocaded in a positive and negative way – the brocading weft showed on the front and back of the band. I made it into a classic threaded-in pattern.

 

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