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  • Treadling

    I am honestly not sure why I did not realize this earlier, but recently, I was treadling away on an easy straight draw treadling (1,2,3,4) and made a life-changing realization! Usually, when I think I might have pressed the wrong treadle, I look down at my feet. This time I was gazing out the window at my son playing in the garden (my favourite part of where my Glimakra Ideal is set up) and realized the wrong set of shafts was raised. That is when it hit me, all I have to do to check myself is look at the shafts! Where had this information been all my life (well all my weaving life)?!

  • Medieval Damask Textiles

    An article summarizing information on a few extant medieval damask textiles. This article includes information on 5 extant damask textiles. I have also provided an overview of weaving damask on a drawloom.

  • Damask Apprentice Belt Design and Process

    This blog entry details my damask apprentice belt project. Here I discuss the decisions I have made in making this project.

    As an apprentice weaver, I thought it fitting to weave myself an apprentice belt. Admittedly, I have a plethora of apprentice belts; one woven by my first Laurel (Mistress Margaret St. Martin sure le Mer), one made by Master Paul O'Brien and given to me by my current Laurel (Mistress Rogned Steingrimov) and one I made myself of plain silk fabric. It still seemed fitting for me to actually weave an apprentice belt. Since I have several already, I wanted to weave something distinctly different to those I already have. I have had a drawloom for several years now and have woven damask cloth for others. A damask apprentice belt seemed a perfect idea. I have studied a few extant damask pieces and damask seemed a good choice for a woven belt.

  • Adventure in Drawloom Weaving Vol. 2 (Troubleshooting)

    I am currently in the process of weaving a silk apprentice belt. The choice of weaving damask fabric was made because I have studied several extant damask pieces. Although most of the Sasanian textiles I have studied are samite. I have found one extant damask cloth woven in Syria just past the Sasanian Era. The drawings of Sasanian nobility wearing belts is more consistent with damask cloth than Samite cloth. More on this later.

  • Adventures in Drawloom Weaving Vol. 1

    Drawloom weaving is truly an adventure. Those considering drawloom weaving need to ask themselves this question, "Do I love threading heddles enough to do it twice?!" Yes that's right...twice.The process for setting up a drawloom are similar to those for setting up any loom. There are obvisouly a few extra steps. This blog entry is not meant to be a tutorial for setting up a drawloom, but I will write a future entry that will share the steps I reccently went through to troubleshoot some issues I had with my drawloom.

  • Drawloom Set Up Notes

    These notes are mostly for my reference. These will remain notes, as they are my notes from Becky Ashden's video.

  • Vertical vs. Horizontal Looms

    I spend a lot of my time talking to people about weaving and this sometimes leads to discussions of looms. Most people are familiar with warp-weighted looms, but what other types of looms were used in the Middle Ages? Where and how were they developed? These types of looms are categorized as vertical or horizontal looms. The evidence is found for two styles of vertical looms, the warp-weighted loom, and the vertical two-beamed loom. There is also evidence for three styles of the horizontal loom: the heddle rod horizontal loom, the treadle horizontal loom, and the drawloom.
  • Recreations of 2 Sasanian Noblewomen's Clothing Items

    Intro

    In my article on Sasanian Women's Dress, I have identified 5 forms of dress commonly seen on Sasanian Women. The examples of women's clothing I have collected over the years can all be seen here. I have also collected information on many extant textiles which can be found here.

  • Why enter A&S Displays/Competitions?

    I often encourage artisans to enter A&S competitions and displays. When asking most artisans if they plan to enter the competition or display at an event, they often reply, "why should I?", or "I don't think this project is good enough." Remember, we artisans are our own worst critics. You may see the little flaws, but others see the beauty and value of your work, so please enter your arts and sciences! Many people assume if they enter the competition they need to be in it to win it, yet most artisans aren’t competitive in nature. When asked my fellow artisans agree that winning isn’t really the point of an arts and sciences competition.

  • Warp with tablet woven header

    The following project was embarked upon at the request of my laurel, Mistress Rogned. Rogned has organized the Raltheheimr Althing the past 2 years. The event was inspired by the site, which has both a long house and a round house built out on the water! The site begs for a warp weighted loom and the large variety of viking activities that take place at the event each year! This year, Mistress Rogned, asked if I would wind the warp for th warp weighted loom. As a 7th C Persian persona, this was my first time winding a traditional warp weighted loom warp.

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