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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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The queen’s red dress (3)

Having now got all the threads in order, I’ve at last made some progress with the second sample. When I say progress, actually I mean finished. It’s often quite surprising, when you set out on a piece of work, that … Continue reading

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The queen’s red dress (2)

Flying past with a quick update: here is the first sample, which I’m imagining as perhaps a section of the hem of the red dress. Various silk fabrics, with little tassels made from textured yarns. And yes, OK, the Vikings … 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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