Advent calendar December 12th 2018

Our twelfth advent calendar post is once again items from the Oseberg burial, Norway. But this time it is fragments from a tablet woven bands.
The textile is made out of wool. 

The ship, from where the textile was found, was built 820 AD and the grave was covered  834 AD. The ship was covered with clayey soil. This has protected the grave as clay-rich soil is very low in oxygen.

Now in the collections of Kulturhistorisk museum, Oslo, Norway.
/ Amica and Maria
Photo: Historical Textiles

Advent calendar December 7th 2018

Our seventh advent calendar post is, technically speaking, not a textile any more. But it used to be. In 1361 the bodies of the fallen from The Battle of Wisby was buried outside of the city of Visby on Gotland, Sweden. The med were buried in their armors and clothes as they wore that day, 27th of July 1361. The textiles have after 569 years in the ground  gone missing. But at some places where the textile have been in close contact with the metal from the armors, the textile have become metallized after so long time in contact with the metal.

This piece of amour might give us an indication on where on the body the textile were used. If the textile imprint in placed on the inside of a lamella from a coat of plates, one can assume that the textile have been part of some sort of clothing on that person. Sometimes it’s even possible to tell the weaving technique and even the fiber content. 

The lamella with textile is dated to 27th of July 1361. 

Now in collections of Historiska museet, Sweden.
/ Amica and Maria
Photo: Historical Textiles

V&A – London

Today we went to V&A. It was a short visit but we took some pictures that we want to share with you.

The Tristan quilt- dated 1360-1400

The Syon cope- front cope. And last picture. England. 1300-1320

Cope represented of the martyrdom of Saint- Germany. Silk on linen. 1310-1320

The Tristan wall hanging. Wool, leather and silk on wool. Germany. Late 14th century.

Tomorrow we are planning a trip to Hampton court. Stay tuned for more pictures

Amica and Maria

More Middelaldercenter 

Some pictures from Denmark. We are happy to spend times with

Riku is carving a new spoon.

Elina is spinning.

Amica in out house, the weavers house.

Maria, is putting on the veil.

Amica is sewing on her new kirtle. Plant dyed with madder.

Prepping the lantern. Elina and Riku.

Amica and Mervi. Mervis is making a pair of needlebounded socks for a client.

Riku and Mervi in their house, the dyer’s.

Intarsia embroidery class

This weekend is full of intarsia embroidery. We are holding a course in Stockholm. The participants just skipped out for lunch and they are all very excited about getting started. Giving you some pictures of the samples they have made during the morning. 

3000 followers on Facebook

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10 september 2015 så startade vi vår Facebooksida. Vår idé med sidan var att vi skulle på ett lätt sätt kunna dela blogginlägg, både våra egna men också andras, men också för att på ett lätt sätt kunna kommunicera med er som är intresserade av historiska textilier.

Vi tänkte att det kanske skulle bli runt 200-300 personer som skulle följa sidan. Ganska snabbt upptäckte vi att det var fler personer som tyckte mycket om gamla textiler och ville prata om dessa. 6 februari 2017 passerade vi 3000 följare på Facebook. Vi är lätt chockerade men också oerhört glada över att det finns så många som delar vår passion för textil. Vi har under den tid vi har drivit sidan “firat” då antalet följare har kommit upp i ett jämnt antal. Det vill vi även göra idag, men denna gång har vi valt att välja var sin favorittextil. Vi kommer att skriva mer om dessa textilier längre fram, idag blir det bara ett litet smakprov.

September 10, 2015, is the day when we started our Facebook page. The idea with the page was that it would be an easy way to share blog posts, both our own but also from other people, and also an easy way to communicate with those who are interested in historical textiles.

We thought maybe it would be around 200-300 people that would follow our page. Fairly quickly we discovered that there were more people who liked old textiles and wanted to talk about them. February 6, 2017, we passed 3,000 followers on Facebook. We are shocked but also extremely happy that there are so many people who share our passion for textiles. During the time we have operated the page we have “celebrated” when the number of followers has come up in an even number. We would, off course, like to celebrate but this time we have chosen our own favorite textile. We will write more about these textiles in the future, today it will be just a small teaser.

Amicas val: Överdelen till en dyna, vävd i dubbelväv. Den dateras till senmedeltiden.
Idag finns den i samlingarna hos Statens historiska museum.
Varför har du valt denna Amica?
Jag tror att jag gillar den så mycket för att den på håll ser så jämn och fin ut, men nära så ser man att det är två väldigt olika garner som använts och att den har relativt få trådar per cm. Den gula tråden har väldigt hög snodd och är ganska ojämn i tjockleken. Den bruna som verkar vara av naturbrun ull är annorlunda i kvalitén. Jag gillar också att mönstret är förenklat och att mönstret är väl anpassat till vävtekniken.

Amica’s choice:
The top of a cushion, woven in double weave. It dates back to the late Middle Ages. Today it is in the collections of the State Historical Museum.
Why have you chosen this Amica?
I think I like it so much because from a distance it looks so smooth and fine, but closely you will see that two very different yarns have been used. And that it has relatively few threads per cm. The yellow thread has a very high twist and are quite uneven in thickness. The brown thread, that seems to be the natural brown wool, is different in quality. I also like that the design is simplified and that the pattern is well adapted to the weaving technique.

Marias val: En halsringning till en skjorta, daterad till 1500-talet. Idag finns den i samlingarna hos Statens historiska museum.
Varför har du valt denna Maria? 
Jag älskar denna då den kan visa så mycket av konstruktionen runt skjortor från tiden. Linnetyget är fint utan att vara det mest högklassiga. Den känns som ett vardagligt plagg.

Maria’s choice: A neckline of a shirt, dating to the 1500s. Today it is in the collections of The Swedish History Museum.
Why have you chosen this Maria?
I love this because it can tell so much of the constructions around the shirts from the time. Linen is fine without being the highest quality. It feels like an everyday item.