Category Archives: art

The end of Excavations

I mentioned a while ago that I’d had to rethink the way I was going to attach the pages of this mixed media book, since they are all 8″ square and so don’t have any kind of gutter or margin … Continue reading

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Nearly a wrap

Just now working on the outer cover for Excavations, my interpretation of found fragments of Viking textiles. It’s basically just strips of fabric and couched yarns on a base of hand-dyed calico. It’s a good way of using up those … Continue reading

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End papers (2)

And the inside back cover: Again, the base is dark green Aida (thank you again, Mo), stitched very simply into an unmeasured nine-patch formation – a few straight stitches over a narrow ribbon yarn, with little scraps of treasure stitched … Continue reading

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End papers (1)

Inner front cover: It’s not based on anything at all, really. It’s meant to be an exploration of how it might feel to uncover layers of ancient textile and finding treasure that has been buried for a long time. I … Continue reading

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More Oseberg embroidery

When I first came across this design, taken from embroidery found in the Oseberg ship burial, I thought of couched lines and fly stitch. First, of course, I had to transcribe it and somehow get it onto fabric. Easier said … Continue reading

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Gokstad

I noted in my working sketchbook that currently around five excavation sites have yielded fragments of Viking-age embroidery. This one, from Gokstad, seems to be worked in something like chain stitch. I’m not sure what size it would have been. … Continue reading

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Ragged embroidery

The Oseberg ship burial is the best source found so far for showing what we know about Viking textiles, and in the future I plan to make two entire mixed media books based purely on the finds from Oseberg. For … Continue reading

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Bands

Still on the subject of Mammen, one of the other discoveries there was a pair of decorated bands. They appear to be a combination of embroidery, appliqué and tablet weaving, and would probably have been used to embellish a garment … Continue reading

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Half a Creature

In Mammen, Denmark, a Viking burial was unearthed by a farmer in 1868. The burial dated to around 970 and featured a man dressed in an elaborately embroidered tunic. The textiles in the grave showed evidence of fine needlework and … Continue reading

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Viking appliqué 

A textile fragment was found in Lund that appears to consist of narrow strips of fabric stitched onto a ground of red silk: It measures approximately 13 cm x 5 cm and is widely (and incorrectly, as far as I … Continue reading

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