Purchased Inkle weaving

Inkle weaving from Inkling

Inkle weaving from Inkleing

After chatting with a woman from the SCA who has also studied Viking Age costume, I figured that instead of waiting to eventually learn how to do tablet or Inkle Weaving myself… that I should purchase some ready-made trim for my costume – or at least in the meantime!

She indicated that although there are artifacts indicating that tablet weaving is authentic to the Viking Age, that Inkle Weaving is likely authentic as well, and is quite a bit easier to do (and thus probably cheaper too!).

I ended up going to Etsy and found three different options – none were exactly what I wanted, but I figured that at least it would give me an idea of what I might want, and what might be available.  Looking at what I’d need, I wanted trim for the top of my apron dresses – 55″/140cm that was preferably about 1″ wide.  I also wanted trim for a belt, and wanted  83″/210cm and I wanted that to be 1-1.5″ wide, with 2″ wide being ok.

I ordered all 3 packages on August 6, 2014.

From KramValgerd

TabletWeavingFromPoland

Tablet weaving from Poland

“Unique tablet woven trim kivrim pattern ”
Length: 350 cm (approx 138 inches long)
Width: 20 mm (approx 3/4 inch wide)
Material: 100% wool
Colors: two shades of green
From Poland, this arrived on August 18, 2014
There is enough of this for both a belt and apron-dress trim. I haven’t used it yet, but it’s really beautiful. This photo was taken late at night with bad lighting, and doesn’t really give a full impression of the colour, which is more like a pale grey-mint with a darker grey-olive.

(Here’s the seller’s photo, linked from Ebay – if the image URL breaks, please visit https://www.etsy.com/transaction/218678955)

Etsy seller’s photo – if image breaks please visit: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/218678955

I also bought from inkleing

“Inkle Weaving, Medieval Trim”
Length: 96 inches
Width: 1 5/8 inch
Color: cream, loden blue and melon
Material: 100% Shetland Wool
From Maryland, USA, this arrived on August 13.
This is a bit wider than I wanted for apron dress trim, and the colours will not really work for sewing to the apron-dress, but I’ve been using it as a belt and I love it! The weaving is very firm, and although it holds a knot well for a belt – it also smoothes out well once I take it off.

Inkle weaving from Inkling

Inkle weaving from Inkleing

“Inkle Weaving, Medieval Trim”
Length: 116 inches
Width: 1/2 inch
Color: black and red stripe with gold dots
Material: 100% Shetland Wool
From Maryland, USA, this arrived on August 13.
I really like this trim – it’s a bit more narrow than I’d like, but it’s soft and flexible but nicely woven and it sewed onto my apron-dress really nicely.

Finally, from AvidYarnArtist

Three different bands in acrylic yarn

Three different bands in acrylic yarn

“Woven Belt, Inkle Weaving”
Length: 95 inches
Width: 1 1/2 inch
Color: gray and black
Material: 100% acrylic yarn
From Indiana, USA, this arrived on August 14.

“Woven Belt, Inkle Weaving”
Length: 98 inches
Width: 1 3/8 inch
Color: red and black
Material: 100% acrylic yarn
From Indiana, USA, this arrived on August 14.

The seller was also having a ″buy two get one free″ offer, so I also received:

“Woven Belt, Inkle Weaving”
Length: 78 inches
Width: 1  1/2 inch
Color: red, blue, white
Material: 100% acrylic yarn
From Indiana, USA, this arrived on August 14.

Honestly, as nice as the weaving is, when I compare this to the Shetland wool weaving – I really do not think that I will end up using this trim for my Viking costume. I might keep them as belts or to string things up or something.

December 2014 update:

I liked the trim from Inkleing so much, and it has worked so well for what I needed (check out the narrow trim on my black Apron Dress here) that I ordered some more!

More trim from Inkleing in December 2014

More trim from Inkleing in December 2014

The colours in the photo are a little off – the band on the far left is more of a cherry red, while the middle red is more of a blue-toned dark red.  In order they are:

 

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