Testing the tabby/ extended tabby

A new weave is in the loom. Not really new it’s the same setup as the fabric that ended up as a bolster roll. But this time it’s gonna be a fabric for a friend. Keep your fingers crossed that the warp will hold.
To avoid breakage of the treads I’ve spun the yarn. Not all by myself. I’m not that skilled of a spinner yet, but I have run all the yarn, intended to be in the warp, trough my spinning wheel. That means the tread have got over spun and that will make it much stronger.
This is the first test.





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Helgkurs i nålbindning- Stockholm

Ta chansen att lära dig lite nålbindning. Helgkurs på Stockholms medeltidsmuseum.
Här finns info på museets Facebook-sida

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Now with pictures- A washing guide for linen

Here it is!

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Medeltidens tyger- Länkar till ögleflätning och inköpsställen/ links to fingerloop braiding and shops

Medeltidens tyger på Historiska

För alla er som var på föreläsningen på Historiska musset igår, och alla andra som kan vara intresserade, här är listorna! /For all of you who were at the lecture at the Historical Museum yesterday, and all others who may be interested, here are the lists!

Vävgarn/ Weaving yarn

Här hittar du likasinnade./ Here you can find like-mindee ( in Swedish)
På Facebook- Vävspolen

Tyg/ Fabric

Obs! Hos alla handlare ovan finns det massor med olika garner/tyger- inte alla garner/tyger passar medeltiden. Köp prover först! På så sätt slipper du överraskningar i annorlunda färg, grovlek osv. / Note In all merchants above, there are lots of different yarns / tyger- not all yarns / fabrics fits the Middle Ages. Buy samples first! That way you avoid surprises in different color, thickness and so on.

Här är några filmer på de ögleflätade band vi lärde ut på vår workshop. / Here are a few films on the fingerlooped braids we taught at our workshop
Fläta 1/ Braid 1

Fläta 2/ Braid 2

Fläta 3/ Braid 3- lite lång men väldigt pedagogisk/ a bit long but very educational

/ Amica och Maria

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Medeltidens tyger på Historiska

Medeltidens tyger
Tid: 11 oktober 2014 kl. 11:30 – 16:00

Vilka spår finns i det arkeologiska materialet efter medeltidens textilarbete? Hur kan dessa kan hjälpa oss att återskapa medeltida tyger och kläder idag?

Möt experter på hantverk, återskapande och arkeologiska fynd. Prova på medeltida hantverk i en workshop.

Medverkar under dagen gör Amica Sundström, textil antikvarie på Historiska museet och lärare på Konstfack och Maria Neijman, utbildad hemslöjdskonsulent, handvävare och återskapare med fokus på tiden 1361-1415.


kl. 11.30 – 13.00 Föreläsning: Medeltidens tyger. Om textil från tiden, de arkeologiska spåren och möjligheterna att återskapa tygerna idag.
Boka din plats här
kl. 14.00 – 15.00 Visning: Fyndfrossa. Textila skatter från museets magasin. Drop-in.
kl. 15.00 – 16.00 Workshop: Slunga, ögla och tvinna. Prova olika metoder att göra medeltida snoddar och band.
Kostnad: 50 kr

Boka din plats här

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The secret dye..

Elina from Neulakko asked if I had some good fabric dealers. She was going to make a hood for Mervi. It was supposed to be a surprise for her. Mervi was going to be a laurel in the SCA, and the hood was meant as an elevation present from her friends. Elina asked if I wanted to make an embroidery for the hood as well. Many of Mervi’s friends were going to make one embroidery each, and then Elina was going to attach them to the hood. I really like embroidery, but my free stitching skills are poor. Therefore I asked if I could contribute instead with some plant dyed fabric for the hood. Elina was very pleased by my suggestion.

What colours to choose? Mervi likes strong colours, so anything light and soft was out of the question. A strong and colourful person needs colours to match. The fabric I had was a tabby with a light grey warp and a light pink/lilac for weft. From a distance it looked like heather. I decided it needed some cochenille.  I only had 10% but I thought that would be enough. Here it is in the mordant bath. I used 10 % alum and 5% wine stone.

Here I get some help. Sixten is grinding and Allis is stirring the powder though a sieve.
IMG_5029.JPGAdd hot water, boil for 1 hour. IMG_5032.JPGA thick dye. 

IMG_5033.JPGThe dye is, as always, one of the most forgiving ones to dye with. Quick, stain free, strong, even and easy to rinse off.

Quite the opposite to the other colour I chose, indigo. I thought blue would be ”to much” combined with the strong pink. So I started with a yellow fabric, which I had dyed before. I still can’t remember if I used clover, birch or something else. But my husband says birch, so I might just believe him. Blue on yellow is green. Green and pink is a good combination.
Indigo is always fun to work with, but a bit tricky indoors, in a small kitchen, with a white interior that stains easily…
The fabric needs to be thorougly, evenly wet when starting. Here is some more about how to dye with indigo.




IMG_5135.JPGThe two pieces.IMG_5136.JPG

This is Elina, working in the hood in the Turku medieval market. Mervi thinks the hood is for me :)
Here is Mervi’s blog post about the event where she became a laurel.
Elina is holding the unfinished hood. Soon to be Mervi’s.


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The summer season is over



Washing the linen and leg wears.
Airing the wool.
Some mending needs to be done.
Neighbours still convinced I’m mad..


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Allis new dress

My friend Maja is talented! She made a dress for Allis from a fabric I made a year ago! Here is more about the fabric. Allis is not proper dressed and she is not happy with me taking photos…





I think it’s lovely, despite the uninterested model.


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The Manuscript Challenge- now on Facebook

Wanna be part?
Join here- https://www.facebook.com/groups/the.manuscript.challange/
Rules within the group or here 

Creating a photo album for your particular challenge. The first image is the image you have chosen to recreate. In your album, add pictures of your creative process. Ask for help if you need it, we are happy to help.

Good luck! Maria Neijman

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I challenge you!

I’ve started a challenge on Facebook. But why keep it only there? Let’s get blogging.

Rules of Manuskriptutmaningen / the Manuscript Challenge!

1. Choose one picture from a manuscript, or a fresco or something similar. The picture must be in color. Unpainted statues are off-limits due to the color requirement. Time frame: Iron Age – Middle Ages, 400-1500. The picture must be an original, a later interpretation/re-drawing does not count. State your image source. Choose carefully before you decide what image to use, since you will have less time to complete your project if you change your mind and pick another picture later on.

NOTE!! Since it is more or less impossible to find color depictions of viking age women, we have made one exception to the rules. This applies to women’s clothes only! You are allowed to use a non-color depiction of women from this period. BUT the image in question must be supported with thorough documentation on specific dyestuffs found in women’s clothing during the period. E. g. chemical dye analyses of textile finds from women’s graves in Birka, etc.
2. Publish your image and tell us which outfit (if the image contains several) you plan to make.

3. Create your outfit according to the wearer’s outfit, as shown in the picture. This means ALL of the outfit! You are not allowed to mix and match garments worn by different individuals appearing in the same picture.

4. Let us in on your progress! You might upload pictures of how you proceed, or notes on your thought process. Blog about it!

5. Ask for help, tips and advice if you feel the need and wish to do so. We’re all here for you, to support you if necessary, and to cheer you on if you get stuck.

6. It’s entirely up to you whether you wish to use plant-dyed, hand-woven fabric, or polyester. The idea is to recreate a visual copy of your chosen image. Your level of hard core technique and materials is up to you. You set your own goals here – we do not judge or look down on anyone due to their choice of project execution mode.

7. You have one year to finish.

Bonus – No rules, this section is optional!
8. How long does it take? It would be interesting to know how much time you spent working on your project.

9. What did it cost? Did you work from scrap fabric found in the trash, or did you splurge on the most expensive silk you could find? How do our budgets differ?

Good luck!
Maria Neijman

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