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 …

Show your tablets some love the medieval way

I just received a new set of weaving tablets from a local artisan and I thought this is a great occasion to talk about how to take care of your wooden weaving equipment. This is important especially for those who weave outside and in different weather conditions. I often weave …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Vikings more thrilling than Columbus? Norwegians cross the Atlantic on a Viking ship first time since the Viking Age

If you have ever been to Norway, especially north of Trondheim, you will know it is a vast country with plenty of breath-taking natural sites and a relatively small population scattered along the coast. In mainland Norway and definitely in the north of it there is always a chance you …