Tag Archives: cloth books

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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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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Picking up the threads

I’m beginning to feel nearly ready to pick up where I left off, though not quite in the same way. Having completed my PhD, I’m now returning to full-time work. I have somewhat mixed feelings about this, having organised my … Continue reading

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The Magic Isle

The Magic Isle mixed media book is now finished. The cover is made from collaged and stitched fabric scraps, with another version of the text attached under sheer chiffon. I like book covers to wrap around so that the pages … Continue reading

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Sometimes I surprise even myself.  You might recall how I was saying the other day that there was no way I could finish the Tracks Samples cloth book by the end of January. I almost feel I should apologise for … Continue reading

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One door closes…

… and another door opens: I thought it might be nice if the door on the last page actually opens and closes.  The hinge is made from a length of ribbon, and the door closes with a piece of green … Continue reading

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Under a velvet moon

I wish you could touch this as well as see it.  Silk velvet has a texture that is like nothing else, and it catches and reflects light in such a subtle but powerful way. The little sparkles in the sky … Continue reading

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Night time

A simple page, three from the end.  Winding down now.  The eye needs to calm down after all the detail and colour of preceding pages.  A page of quiet and rest.

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