New tablet woven bands

New tablet woven bands from Etsy

New tablet woven bands from Etsy

Another super-quick shopping post today again… I promise those project posts are coming.. soon.. soon…

These are two new pieces of hand-woven tablet woven trim from a weaver in Poland – you can find her work on her Etsy shop: Kram Valgerd.

The grey trim is:

– Material: 80% wool, 20% polyamide
– Length: 410 cm
– Width: 20 mm
– Colors: light grey, black, graphite

The vine pattern seems to be a deviation of the Rams Head pattern, which as far as I know is NOT period correct for the Viking Age, but gosh it’s pretty!

While the blue is:

– Material: 100% wool
– Length: 450 cm
– Width: 17 mm
– Colors: light steel blue, navy

The design for the blue one is based on the Finnish Kaukola Kekomaki find, dated to the 10th or 11th century. (it also reminds me of one of my tattoos!)

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You can follow the weaver on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KramValgerd and while you’re there, why not follow me and my dress diary too? https://www.facebook.com/DawnsDressDiary

Freya and Valkyrie pendants

Frey and Valkyrie reproduction pendants

Frey and Valkyrie reproduction pendants

Today I have another ‘shopping’ post for you – super quick (I have some new projects that I just finished, but I need to photograph them first!) just to show off these really nice Freya and Valkyrie reproduction pendants. Well, the seller was selling them as earrings, but I’ll be disassembling them and using them as pendants on my treasure necklaces/festoons instead!

Want your own? I got mine through “Do I look Phat in This?” – an Etsy seller from Sweden – and she still has some left! Act fast! (Shipping was also quick to Canada too 🙂 )

Block printing wood blocks

Block printing blocks from Etsy

Block printing blocks from Etsy

Not too long ago I liked the Facebook community “Adventures in block printing”  since the artisan is local, and I’ve loved seeing what she’s made in person – of course all of those delightful posts have made me itch to do some printing of my own as well – I haven’t done block printing since design school.

You should totally check out her page – it’s full of inspiring and creative images, plus lots of step-by-step photos and original source inspiration photos!

Block printing blocks from Etsy

Block printing blocks from Etsy

Of course I have my old blocks from school.. (which I might show off at some point, but this is really more of a ‘shopping’ post than a block-printing post!) but I wanted NEW pretty blocks – possibly ones that I could use for some costume elements too…

I bought all these stamps from Charan Creations (https://www.etsy.com/shop/charancreations) on Etsy – and they came from Brampton, Ontario super fast! Makes me almost feel guilty that I haven’t yet found the time to actually USE them yet. Small steps.. small steps… They came well-packaged and seem to be well made.. here’s hoping I’m equally successful when I pull out the fabric and paints!

Indian Hand Carved Wood Block Stamp- Large Medieval Pattern

This one is my favourite I think! (direct link from seller)

While you’re checking out the Adventures in Block Printing Facebook page – don’t forget to “like” my dress diary page too! https://www.facebook.com/DawnsDressDiary

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: