Textile Arts

Any topic related to the production of thread, yarn, felt, or cloth, or the making of articles from cloth or fabric

Dragon's Magic closing Pennsic 2014

Just a note to try to notify all my friends and customers. Dragon's Magic will be selling out and closing at this Pennsic, 2014.

I'm going back to school full time and closing my store, Class Act Fabrics/Dragon's Magic. I will also be putting up my Slavic 'house on wheels' up for sale.

New life for Lady and Unicorn Tapestries

The six "Lady and the Unicorn" tapestries, housed by the Musée National du Moyen Age in Paris, were showing their age with dust and sagging linings taking their toll, but the 16th century Flemish masterpieces were recently given new life with a complete restoration of the linings and a special vacuuming. (photo)

Viking trade connected with Persian and Byzantine Empires

A new study by Marianne Vedeler, Associate Professor at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, shows that Norwegian Vikings enjoyed a brisk silk trade with the Persian and Byzantine Empires. The study was based partially on silk fragments found In an Oseberg ship. (photo)

Pictures: Ansteorra Coronation and Dyeing Symposium

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted several albums of photos from Coronation, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. Also recently posted was a photo album from Dyeing Symposium. The photos are available on Flickr.

Medieval textile sources online

Manchester University in England has created a searchable website of sources for medieval textiles and clothing. The lexis of cloth and clothing in Britain c. 700-1450: origins, identification, contexts and change collects documentation from "diverse academic disciplines: archaeology, archaeological textiles, art history, economic history, literature, languages."

Great Lakes Fiber Show 2013

Now in it’s 18th year, the Great Lakes Fiber Show will be held May 25 and 26, at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 199 Vanover St., Wooster, Ohio. The hours are 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. New this year will be activities going on under the grandstand.

[ATL] Period Fiber Arts Day

Come join Spiaggia Levantina on Sunday, April 21, 2013 for a day all about period Fiber Arts skills!

Thawing Glacier Reveals Pre-Viking Tunic

A greenish-brown wool tunic was uncovered when a glacier in south Norway began retreating.

[EAS] Hrim Schola XVII

Hrim Schola has gone on the road!  The Shire of Quintavia welcomes you to Hrim Schola XVII, the East's annual schola celebrating the fiber arts. 

Medieval Icelandic textile paper presented online

Those interested in Icelandic and Scandanavian textiles will want to watch a video featuring archaeologist and textile expert Michele Hayeur Smith presenting at the Anthropology Distinguished Lecture at Bridgewater State University.

[CAL] 16th Annual Bobbin & Weaving

Bring your latest project and join us for a weekend of fun. A number of people have offered to teach just about anything you would like to learn, such as bobbin lace, kumihimo, tablet weaving, netting, spinning, needle felting, felting, knitting, nalbinding, sprang, bookbinding, etc.

Fiber Fun Day

Are you ready to have some Fiber Fun?!
January 12, 2013
9am to 4pm

Royal Ontario Museum goes "BIG" with costume display

Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum adds to its Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume with BIG, "a stunning display, exclusively drawn from the ROM's collection of nearly 50,000 textiles and costumes. The exhibit opens November 3, 2012.

[AET] Fabric, Fiber, Fighting, Fencing, etc

The tenth annual grand textile symposium, many "F" event will be held on the weekend of November 16-18, 2012, at the Sieg Conference Center located on Narrows Road in Lamar, PA (no street address).

[CAI] Agincourt Anniversary

The Battle of Agincourt was a decisive victory for the English during the Hundred Years War. The French were sure their superior numbers and the crossbow would bring a swift victory to France. The outnumbered Englishmen with their longbows proved them wrong. C'est la vie!

[ATE] Fiber Frivolity III

From warped loomatics to those who prefer spin out of control and every fiber enthusiast in between, I look forward to this third iteration of Fiber Frivolity.

Flax scutching in Pennsylvania

On September 8-9, 2012, the 105th Annual Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festivalwill take place in Stahlstown, Pennsylvania. The festival will feature the process of making linen from the flax plant.

[ATE] Fiber Fun Day

Bring your spinning wheels, drop spindles, carding tools, knitting, crochet, lucet etc.
Teach what you know, learn new tricks, meet like minded artisans.

How to Make Silk Standards

As part of the 50/50 A&S Challenge, Madame du Pont of the Kingdom of An Tir has created a series of instructional videos on "How to Make a Silk Standard." The videos are available to view on YouTube.

Handbag museum to open in Korea

The next time you are in Seoul, Korea, make sure to visit the Simone Handbag Museum, whick opens in the Gangnam District in August. The museum will feature mostly European purses from the 16th century through modern times.

Byzantine exhibit showcased on History Today website

The May 2012 issue of History Today features a slideshow from a major exhibition at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art: Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. The exhibit runs through July 8, 2012.

[LOC] Maestra Oonagh A&S Collegia and Camel Feast

Learn how to make Medieval Clothing from various cultures and time periods.

[ATE] Fiber Frivolity II

Please join in the fun of Fiber Frivolity II Saturday, July 7, 2012 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ladies of leisure in the Renaissance

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has posted an article on pasttimes of noble ladies during the Renaissance. The article, Renaissance women at leisure, includes short descriptions, with photos, of interests such as hunting, needlework and gaming.

Anglo-Saxon tools for the re-enactor

Daegrad Tools in Sheffield, England offers a wide range of Anglo-Saxon tools and equipment, extensively researched, including knives, tools and crafting items such as spindles and looms. The website features close-ups of the tools.

Green Mountain Garb

Green Mountain Garb creates historical sewn goods. Custom orders for unique, documentable garb are always welcome! Ready-to-wear garb and other merchandise, including dolls and doll clothing, may also be available; items currently in stock will vary.

[NOR] Lamb to Loom

The Shire of Turm an dem See presents Lamb to Loom

[CAL] 15th Annual Bobbin & Weaving

Bring your latest project and join us for a weekend of fun. A number of people have offered to teach just about anything you would like to learn, such as bobbin lace, kumihimo, tablet weaving, netting, spinning, needle felting, felting, knitting, nalbinding, sprang, etc.

59th International Old Lacemakers, Inc. Convention

For those of you interested in all things related to lacemaking, the International Old Lacers, Inc. (IOLI) conference is going to be hosted in St Paul, MN. The conference will be from August 5-11 with registration starting on February 1, 2012.

[EAS] Hrim Schola XVI

Hrim Schola has gone on the road!  The Shire of Quintavia welcomes you to Hrim Schola XVI, our annual schola celebrating the fiber arts. As is customary, classes will be scheduled throughout the day with enough time in between to enjoy Mistress Eleanor LeBrun's sideboard, shop and shmooze.