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Something that has happened to me time and again: I look at some medieval Thing. I sort of try to figure out how it was made. I read up on more details of the Thing, and the Type of Things. … Continue reading

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I’ve been asked about proper, nice, authentic lace chapes again and again over the past years… so this has been on my list for ages now. Lace chapes, for those of you not into medieval dress accessories, are like the … Continue reading

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When I started out trying to reconstruct how twill may have been tablet woven back in the Middle Ages, I had a list of things that the method would need to deliver – if you like being fancy, you could … Continue reading

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Friday before last, I had a Grand Day Out – I hopped onto the train early in the morning to go to Lorsch, or rather to Lauresham, in preparation for the European Textile Forum. Usually, we have this little conference … Continue reading

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The new spindle whorls have arrived, and they are lovely! While I make the hand-formed whorls myself, I have a professional potter who throws the whorls for me, after “inspirational pictures” of finds of spindle whorls that I send him. … Continue reading

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After showing you the dead whorls yesterday, it’s probably time to also show you the survivors – so here’s part of the yield, hanging out in a basket and feeling decorative: By now, the whorls have all been weighed and … Continue reading

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The spindle whorl firing is done – so now I have plenty of hand-formed spindle whorls again. This time around, there are some decorated ones, and quite a few of these are formed after actual examples from prehistoric finds. Though, … Continue reading

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