Viking and Anglo-Saxon Textiles

I began a project, many years ago, to weave a set of Wickelbander. Admittedly I did abandon the project, due to poor choice of warp threads. I have since woven a set for Eldgrimr. This pari was woven in a chevron twill, on my table loom. Below is a condesensed version of what is available from Peter Beatson

  • Extant samples vary between 75-100 mm or 3-4  inches  in width
  • Structures 2/2 warp chevron twill with and without matching repeats (non-matching repeats is most common) 2/1 warp chevron twill 2/2 broken lozenge twill 2/2 diagnol twill- this actually isn't one I'm familiar with as twill is a diagnol in general, so I'm not sure what he means by this. tabby
  • Warps are z spun for strength and weft threads are most often s spun
  • unbalance warp to weft ratio, although he notes that the British Isles are close to 1:1
  • Reversal of weaving direction occurs between 6-10 warp threads
  • Colour combinations dark warp with light weft and vice versa Purple found in York and nearly all London bands Blue found in 2 London bands Red found at Elisenhof and Hedeby Yellow also found at Elisenhof and Hedeby

For more information on many Viking related topics visit this wonderful site. SiteDateWidth in InchesWidthThread Counts (approximate)LengthColors foundYork   17 warp/cm & 16 weft /cm Lichen purpleLondon   15-16 warp/cm, 13-14 weft/cm Lichen purple (nearly all bands, indigotin (blue from woad?)Elisenhof   16-24 warp/cm, 9-19 weft/cm124 cmredHedeby   11-21 warp/cm, 4-12 weft/cm118cm, 102 cmred, yellowDublin      Unkown 2.3796.1-12 cm   Damendorf2nd C AD   105 cm Bermuthsfeld7th C  AD   292, 370 cm From Wickelbander. Peter Beatson       Warps per inch28.20512821      7