A 13th century band from Stary Brzesc (Poland)

While in Poland, I took the opportunity to visit the Archeological and Ethnographic Museum in Lodz (Central Poland). I wanted to see one particular object – a woven piece of fabric found in Stary Brzesc and dated to the 13th century. I had seen some replicas of it online which …

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 …

Early medieval women’s headwear

When I was still regularly involved in the late Middle Ages reenactment, my girl friends and I always admired the early medieval outfits for their colours and rich, or even lavish decorations. Christianity posed some serious restrictions on women’s clothing in late medieval Europe. As women reenacting urban dwellers of …

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 …

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, …

History of tablet weaving in Europe

The oldest weaving tablets were found in Spain and come from the 4th century BC. Yet, it is believed that tablet weaving goes back to even earlier times. The earliest examples of tablet weaving show its use as a starting edge of a fabric, not a separate band. Tablet weaving …