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Oh the many things.

I spent a good part of the weekend working on the instructions (they’re coming along) and shooting even more photos of even more steps. More and more ideas on what would be nice to add are creeping in, and it’s a little sad to smash them down, but the thing has already grown a lot from my first estimate (around 30 pages) to now (probably 44-48 pages, and hopefully not more).

I couldn’t resist to put this in, though:

It’s a tiny gold thread ornament, modeled after an archaeological find from a bishop’s grave dating to the 12th century, in approximate original size. A small enough extra to squeeze in!

In other news regarding the process, cover design is on its way (I’m getting a little help from a dear friend with this), and I have feedback from several lovely proofreaders already, with more to come soon.

Final word on the pictures of original pieces is still out, though, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I will get permission and won’t have to do without the pictures showing close-ups, either because I’m denied permission or because I’d have to pay too high a fee.

And after the weekend work, I’m now a little tired and worn out, so I’m rather happy that there are some errands to run this afternoon, plus a little more embroidery to work in preparation for the last photographs, and that I might just take it a bit easy for the rest of the day.

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3 Responses to Oh the many things.

  1. hrj says:

    Looking at your ornament, I realized that because I had seen that particular technique only separate from the fabric ground, and because I was thinking about it as structurally similar to macrame and rope knotting techniques, it had never occurred to me that it might have been created using the ground fabric to help create and maintain the shape, rather than being created "in air" and then attached to a ground fabric by sewing. I'd been making them (and teaching people to make them) by using pins on a board with the wire wound in pairs on bobbins, as if I were making a sort of bobbin lace. I'll have to experiment with this approach. I'm curious: given that some of the surviving pieces using this technique are quite long, what would your approach be to dealing with the lengths of wire needed, if they need to be loose in order be able to "sew" them through the fabric as you create the knots?

  2. Veronica says:

    Very nice! Do you have any link to or information about the original find? I'd love to add that to my collection of information for 12th century garb.

  3. It's from the grave of Bishop Wichmann, found in Magdeburg. There's a bit more info (in German) here:

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