Category Archives: Cloth books

The queen’s red dress (5)

Another sample, this one about 8” square, imagining something around the neckline. This is just collaged silk and cotton fabrics, with some very simple appliqué, embroidery, and couched threads. Still sampling. On the embroidery frame at present, and in progress: … Continue reading

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The queen’s red dress (4)

Just a small sample, about 3” x 4”: couched threads and simple embroidery on silk. I’m imagining it as the end of a cuff. That picot edging is something that was actually found on one of the Oseberg textiles, made … Continue reading

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Oseberg Book One begins

Here’s the plan: two mixed media/cloth books based on the textile finds from the Oseberg ship burial. The first one will be to do with clothing; the second to do with home furnishings, linens, wall hangings, etc. There is enough … Continue reading

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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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