Category Archives: Viking

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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Square stitches

Still on the subject of Oseberg and its textiles, I transcribed one of the designs into my working sketch book. You can probably see that it was difficult to get it right. I tried it on graph paper, just to … Continue reading

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Samite silk

One of the best sources for Viking textiles is the Oseberg ship burial, which dates to around 834 AD. Two women were given a splendid burial in a purpose-built chamber on a ship, which was then interred. The grave appears … Continue reading

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Excavating

After our annual visit to the Jorvik Viking Festival in February, I found myself increasingly fascinated by Viking culture, and specifically with Viking textiles and sewing techniques. I made myself a Viking costume – linen under-dress, linen long-sleeved over-dress, and … Continue reading

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