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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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The final four

I can hardly believe it, but here we are. They’re all done. The finalists: #34 – the painted grid: This is a 2″ circle of rug canvas, painted with acrylics and stitched to hand-dyed linen damask. #35 – the old … Continue reading

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#33 – the confetti circle

This turned out to be a really great way of using very tiny scraps – the ones that are just too small even for patchwork. I layered and fused them to a bit of very lightweight iron-on interfacing then laid … Continue reading

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A pair

On the home straight now, today I have a pair of circles. Not quite a matching pair, but maybe a related pair. #31: the patched circle: 2.5″ cotton batik disc with a half-inch square of dupion silk patched to the … Continue reading

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