Advent calendar 21 December 2017


Our twenty-first calendar post is a row of buttonholes in silk. From the Wasa ship, Sweden.

Here we can see a close up on the buttonholes. The buttonholes are sewn in silk thread. The fabric where they were sewn on is gone, and only the buttonholes are remaining of this item.

This piece is dated to 10 August 1628, the same day as the warship Wasa sank.

Now in collections of Vasamuseet, Sweden


Advent calendar 17 December 2017 


Our seventeenth calendar post is an embroidery. From Skå church, Sweden. It’s an Opus Anglicanum work, from England.

Here we can see a close up on the embroidery. Silk and gold on linen. The silk is sewn in split stitch. The embroidery is of the highest class.

The item dates to 1250- 1350 AD. Most likely 1330-1350.

Now in collections of Historiska museet, Sweden


Advent calendar 12 December 2017

Our twelfth calendar post is a cocktail of things. It’s a relief velvet, a selvage of the velvet, a woven band and a embroidery in gold thread. The object is a cope from Vallentuna, Sweden

The majority of the materials are in silk. The embroidery seems be made on linen or hemp fabric.

The cope dates  1450- 1500 AD.

Now in collections of Historiska museet, Sweden




Advent calendar 7 December 2017

Our seventh calendar post is a purse made out of a reused embroidery, with a backside of leather, from an unknown Swedish church.

Here we can see Maria Magdalena. The embroidery is made out of silk and metal thread.

The dating is late 15th or early 16th century.

Now in collections of Historiska museet, Sweden




Advent calendar 2 December 2017

Our second calendar post is an embroidery. This one is also from an unknown Swedish church.
Here we can see a close up on the double running stitch in blue and red silk, forming 
 a geometrical pattern, on the linen background.
The embroidery is dated late 15th century- early 16th century.
Now in collections of Historiska museet, Sweden.


Grön silkessammet med broderi/ Green silk velvet with embroidery

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I samlingarna hos Västergötlands museum finns en mässhake av grön silkessammet med broderier. Tyget är daterat till 1400-talet. Vad broderiet är daterat till vet vi inte med 100% säkerhet just nu, men då vi vet skall vi återkomma till detta. Kolla in det bortsprättade blåfärgade linnefodret och de fina skarvningarna av silkessammeten.
Tack till Johanna för visningen.

In the collections of Västergötland Museum is a chasuble of green silk velvet with embroidery. The fabric is dated to the 1400s, the embroidery we do not know with 100% certainty right now, but when we know we shall return to this. Check out the removed blue colored linen lining and the seams.
A big Thank you, to Johanna for showing the archive.

Opus Anglicanum

Historical textiles meet textile historian Ingela Wahlberg at Victorian& Albert museum in London to see the exhibition Opus Anglicanum together.  Ingela have been guiding us around the exhibition all day and we are, and five hours later, still here.

Opus Anglicanum is a group of embroidery produced in England during the middle ages. Typical for the style is for liturgical use and shows biblical scenes, saints, bishops, scrolls, heraldic beasts and much more.  Materials used is floss silk, metal threads (both gold and silver), sometimes highlighting with tiny (!!) fresh water pearls. Embroidered on silk, compound twill, velvet or linen. If they are embroidered on linen the whole surface is covered with stitches. If they today show some linen, it is because the silk stitches have worn off. The most common techniques are underside couching and split stitch.

We will come back to the items exhibit here and give you a full report. The exhibition have got a photo restriction so we can’t share any photos from it.

The exhibition will be open until 5 February 2017 and we STRONGLY recommend you to go and se it. Last time some of these items were exhibit was in 1963 and before that 1905. So… it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Ingela, Amica, Maria


Stickad silkesstrumpa/ Knitted silk stocking/ Calza fatta ai ferri

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Traduzione Italiana Anna Attiliani 

Samlingsnummer 001.
Stickad silkesstrumpa från Italien, kasserad mellan åren 1470-1540.
Läs mer om samlingen här. 

Strumpan är slätstickad i mörkbrunt, nästan svart, silke. Strumpan är välanvänd och foten är mycket sliten och lappad med vitt eller oblekt tyg, troligen linne. Lagningen på foten är också utsliten. Skaftet på strumpan är idag 43 cm högt, det har varit högre, den övre delen saknas. Foten på strumpan är 23 cm lång och den är 11 cm över foten. Måttet över vristen är 9 cm och strumpan mäter 11 cm över vaden.

Silkesgarnet är ett slätt och homogent garn. Masktätheten är 10 maskor per cm och det går 10 varv per cm. Strumpan är formstickad och har en stickad söm på baksidan av benet. Den har en dekorativ intagningar vid vristen, på båda sidor. Då tåpartiet är bortslitet kan man inte säga ur detta har sett ut.
Strumpan är lappad med ett tyg i en, förhållande till strumpan, ganska grov kvalitet. Tyget är vävt i tuskaft och har en täthet på 24x 22tr cm. Lagningen är utsliten på både hälen och framme i tån. Lagningen är fastsydd med en ganska grov lintråd.

Kommentar om strumpan
Strumpans fotlängd motsvarar omkring en skostorlek på storlek 36. Måtten över benen tyder på att en mycket nätt person har burit plagget. Det går inte att säga hur hög strumpan har varit då den övre delen saknas. På en person som är 168cm lång räcker 43cm till strax under knät. Strumpan är omsorgsfullt stickad och stickningen är mycket jämn. Intagningen vid vristen är dekorativt utfört. Kvalitén är väldigt fast och strumpan är inte alls vidare elastisk.

Kommentarer från Historical textiles
Vi tycker det är väldigt roligt at få se ett sånt välanvänt plagg. Som lagats med ett tyg som skiljer sig väldigt mycket från strumpan. Både i material och i utseende. Vi kallar lagningen för ”fullagning”. Det är också otroligt roligt att strumpans lagning har helt slitits ut innan den har kasserats.

I samlingarna hos Museum of London finns ett fragment av en annan stickad strumpa i silke som uppvisar flera likheter med strumpan från Italien. Denna är daterad till mitten på 1500-talet. Museum of London anger att deras strumpa möjligen är importerad från Italien eller Spanien. Strumporna är båda ganska lika i storlek, båda har en liknade intagning vid vristen och silkesgarnet i de båda strumporna påminner om varandra. Denna strumpa har inte lika många maskor eller varv per cm som den Italienska strumpan. Länk till fyndet
Amica, Maria
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Collection Number 001
Knitted silk stocking from Italy, discarded between the years 1470-1540.
More info about the collection here
The stocking is knitted in stocking stitch with dark brown, almost black silk. The stocking is well used and the foot is very worn and patched with white or unbleached cloth, probably linen. The repair of the foot is also very worn. The leg of the stocking is now 43 cm long, it has originally been longer, the upper part is missing. The foot of the stocking is 23 cm long and measures 11 cm over the foot. The measurement of the stocking over the ankle is 9 cm and 11 cm over the calf.

The silk yarn is a smooth and a very homogeneous yarn. The gauge is 10 stitches/cm and 10 rows/cm. The stocking is knitted to shape and has a knitted false seam on the back of the leg. It has decorative decreases at the ankle, on both sides. Since the toe is worn out, we cannot say how it was made.

The stocking is patched with a cloth in a rather rough quality compared to the stocking itself. The fabric is woven in plain weave and has a threadcount of 24×22 threads/cm. The patch is worn on both the heel and in the front of the toe. The repair is attached with a rather coarse linen thread.

Comments on the stocking
The length of the stocking foot corresponds to about a European shoe size 36. Measurements of the leg part suggest that a pretty small person has worn the garment. We cannot say how high the stocking reached since the upper part is missing. On a 168 cm tall person, 43 cm reaches just below the knee. The stocking is carefully knitted and the knitting is very even. The decreases at the ankle are executed in a very decorative way. The quality is very solid and the stocking is not elastic at all.

Comments from Historical Textiles
We think it’s very fun seeing one of those well-used garments, repaired with a fabric that is very different from the stocking. Both in the material used and the way it looks. We call the repair “ugly patching”. It’s also incredibly fun that the patching of the stocking has been completely worn out before it was discarded.

In the collections of Museum of London there is a fragment of another knitted silk stocking showing many similarities with the stocking from Italy. This one is dated to the middle of the 1500s. Museum of London indicates that their stocking would possibly be imported from Italy or Spain. The stockings are both quite similar in size, both have a similar decrease at the ankle and the silk yarn in the two stockings is similar. This stocking does not have as many stitches or rows per cm as the Italian stocking.
Link to the find.
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Amica, Maria

Numero 1 della collezione
Calza fatta ai ferri, Italia, scartata tra il 1470 e il 1540.
La calza è realizzata ai ferri in maglia rasata, in seta marrone scuro, quasi nera. La calza è molto usata e il piede è molto consumato e rattoppato con della stoffa bianca o non sbiancata, probabilmente lino. La riparazione del piede è anch’essa molto consumata.

 La gamba della calza è ora lunga 43 cm, originariamente doveva essere più lunga, dal momento che la parte alta è mancante. Il piede della calza è lungo 23 cm e misura 11 cm sopra il piede. La misura della calza alla caviglia è 9 cm e 11 cm al polpaccio.

 Il filo di seta è liscio e molto omogeneo. La tensione del lavoro a maglia è di 10 punti/cm e 10 ferri/cm. La calza è realizzata per ricalcare la forma della gamba. Ha una falsa cucitura, sempre realizzata ai ferri, nella parte posteriore della gamba, e ha anche delle diminuzioni decorative su entrambi i lati della caviglia. Dal momento che la zona dell’alluce è consumata, non possiamo dire come è stata realizzata.

 La calza è rammendata con della stoffa in una qualità piuttosto grezza, confrontata alla calza stessa. La stoffa è a tessitura piana e ha una densità di 24×22 fili/cm. La toppa è consumata sia sul tallone che nella parte frontale dell’alluce. La riparazione è attaccata con un filo di lino piuttosto grossolano.

 Commenti sulla calza
La lunghezza della calza corrisponde approssimativamente a una taglia europea di scarpe n. 36. Le misure della parte superiore della gamba suggeriscono che sia stata indossata da una persona piuttosto piccola. Non possiamo sapere quanto era alta la calza, dal momento che la parte superiore manca, ma possiamo dire che, su una persona alta 168 cm, una calza lunga 43 cm arriva appena sotto il ginocchio.  La calza è realizzata con grande cura: la lavorazione ai ferri è molto regolare, le diminuzioni sulla caviglia sono eseguite in un modo molto decorativo, la qualità e molto robusta e la calza non è per niente elastica.

 Commenti da Historical Textiles.
Pensiamo che sia molto divertente vedere un indumento così usato, riparato con una stoffa tanto diversa dalla calza, sia per il materiale utilizzato sia per il suo aspetto: chiamiamo la riparazione “le brutte toppe”. È anche molto divertente che la toppa della calza sia stata completamente consumata anch’essa prima che la calza sia stata definitivamente scartata.

Nelle collezioni del Museo di Londra (Museum of London) c’è un frammento di un’altra calza di seta realizzata ai ferri, che mostra molte somiglianze con la calza italiana. Questa è datata a metà del XVI secolo: il Museo di Londra indica che la calza in loro possesso potrebbe essere stata forse importata dall’Italia o dalla Spagna. Le calze sono simili nella dimensione, entrambe hanno simili diminuzioni sulla caviglia e il filo di seta è molto simile, ma il reperto londinese non ha tanti punti o ferri al centimetro quanti ne ha la calza italiana. Link
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Amica, Maria