Eternal tapestry: 4 years in the making

For 3 years and 10 months, Drachenwald Court Artisan Rakonczay Gergely has been weaving an amazingly-beautiful  tapestry, measuring 250x150cm. Now the finished work hangs on the wall and pictures of the work in progress tell the story.

"History Lives" in The Dalles

Visitors to City Park in The Dalles, Oregon were met by people from another time when they encountered members of the Society for Creative Anachronism's "History Lives" demo. A reporter from The Dalles Chronicle has photos and video.

Amalie von Brisache joins Laurels in Lochac

At Canterbury Faire, Their Majesties Felix and Eva of the Kingdom of Lochac have offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Amalie von Brisache.

Elizabethan tapestry reveals surprises

The recent cleaning of an Elizabethan tapestry map of the English Midlands has revealed some surprises including the Neolithic Rollright Stones and "cottages nestled among the trees." The tapestry will be used as part of the British Museum's Shakespeare: Staging the World. (photo)

Building a scrapwood loom

Need a gift or a fundraising auction project? Like to weave but don't have a lot of gold? Have some scrap lumber and want to get rid of it? Instructables has a project for you: a scrapwood loom!

Decosa Design LLC

Decosa Design LLC provides extremely rare handwoven silk brocades with historically accurate motifs.  Their fabrics have intricate designs worked in fine gilt threads for a true golden or silver shine.  They also carry limited quantities of cloth-of-gold and cloth-of-silver.  These fabrics shine brilliantly at outdoor events and will not fade or tarnish.

The history of the Persian carpet

Persians and Iranians have long been identified with their magnificent woven carpets. An article for Payvand Iran News traces the history of the Persian carpet from 500 BCE to the present, including documentation and artifacts. (photos)

Orkney Hood re-created

"The project took five and half months and a total of 230 hours to actually make it. But it is fascinating to do something like that. We have not got any garments at all like this, only scraps if we are lucky," said experimental archaeologist Jacqui Wood about her re-creation of the Orkney Hood.

"Enjoy learning by doing" at Olde Sandwich Town Festival

Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism were on hand to teach and entertain at the recent Old Sandwich Town Festival near Windsor, Canada. Jay McKee explained SCA activities in a short video for the Windsor Star.

Weavers' links treasury online

Janis Saunders has created the Weavershand, a treasure house of links to websites involving weaving, tablet weaving, inkle weaving, Kumihimo, sprang, finger weaving, and ply-splitting.

Danger Looms Handspun Yarn

Danger Looms spins and dyes handspun yarns focusing on the period breeds.  Icelandic, Shetland, Norwegian, even Jacob can be available.   They also take special orders and will even use your fiber to spin at a good deal.  They offer yarn in a variety of sizes and colors, too, when available, from two-ply laceweight to chunky three-ply.  Each skein is ca

A short history of fabric in the Middle East

In a recent online issue of Saudi Aramco World Magazine, the history of fabric in the Middle East from the 11th century forward is discussed. Such fabrics as gauze and muslin were once very different from the way they are known today.

Traditional Chinese weaving techniques endangered

The UNESCO website features traditional Li textile techniques of spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroidering as employed by women of the Li ethnic group of Hainan Province, China. The site includes photos and video.

Renaissance tapestries at Columbia Museum of Art

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina will host Imperial Splendor: Renaissance Tapestries from Vienna May 21, 2010 - September 19, 2010. The tapestries are from the collection of the Kunsthistorisches of Vienna.

Daily Life Schola photos online

Elizabet Marshall reports that she has created a small album of photos from the Daily Life Schola event which took place recently in the Barony Beyond the Mountain (East Kingdom).

Oriental rugs from recycled plastic

Just in time for the camping season: oriental mats, for indoor or outdoor use, made from recycled soda and milk bottles (polypropylene). Rugs are available in 4' x 8', 5' x 8', and 6'3" x 9' sizes, at a cost of around $40. (photo)

War of Troy Tapestry returns to the V&A

Once a jewel of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the War of Troy Tapestry was removed from exhibit twenty years ago "when it became too damaged to display." Now, after 4,000 hours of restoration, the tapestry will once again take a place of honor in the museum. (photos)

"Pattern and Loom" available online

Morgana de Mont-St-Michel of the Barony of Black Diamond in the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that Donald B. Wagner, co-author of the weaving book Pattern and Loom, has made the book available to download in PDF format.

Spider silk tapestry unique creation

It took weavers in Madagascar four years to complete a golden 11-by-4-foot tapestry made completely of spider silk. The only one of its kind in the world, the tapestry is kept safe in a glass case in the American Museum of Natural History. Christopher Joyce of NPR has an audio story.

Tips and tools for tablet weavers

Those interested in tablet or card weaving will want to visit Guntram's Tabletweaving Page, a website which provides pattern design tips and tools and links to articles on tablet weaving.

Weavolution web site goes live

Weavolution, a social networking site for people interested in various weaving crafts, is now online for beta test after months of work by site designers.

Tapestry weaving documentation online

Finnish weaver Rauno Huikari, known in the SCA as Rakonczay Gergely, has created online documentation for his latest project, the Arms of Cardinal Wolsey with Cardinal´s hat and includes four illustrated sections with explanations.

10th century Russian tabletweaving featured in "Archaeological Textiles Newsletter"

Ingvild of the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that the December 2008 issue of the Archaeological Textiles Newsletter includes an article by Kirill Mikhailov, "New Finds of Viking Age Textiles in Ukraine and Russia" which discusses the 10th-century, brocaded, tabletwoven bands.

Weavolution: a social network for handweavers

Weavers of all ilks will want to drop by Weavolution a weaver's blog created to give weavers a place to discuss their work, share patterns and post information on their projects.

Juliana Delamare to be elevated in AEthelmearc

THL Matilda Bosvyle de Bela Acqua reports that at a recent Royal Court, Their Majesties Christopher and Morgen of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to her Ladyship, Juliana Delamare in recognition of her skill in the art of weaving.

Weaving legend Peter Collingwood dies

Peter Collingwood, author of Techniques of Tablet Weaving, a classic for tablet weavers around the world, died unexpectedly October 9, 2008 at his home. Collingwood was 86.

Renaissance textiles in Kansas City

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri will present Revealing, Reversible and Resplendent: 15th-17th-Century Italian and Spanish Textiles through August 17, 2008. The exhibit includes elaborately-embroidered and woven religious and secular pieces (photo)

"For Tent and Trade: Masterpieces of Turkmen Weaving" at San Francisco's de Young Museum

For Tent and Trade: Masterpieces of Turkmen Weaving, an exhibition of textile weaving by the Turkmen of Turkmenistan, northwest Iran, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan will be at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's de Young Museum through September 7, 2008.

Viking Resources for the Re-enactor

Looking for information on Viking clothing, textiles, cooking, etc.? Thora Sharptooth has created a website entitled Viking Resources for the Re-enactor which deals with these subjects and more.

Sculptural weaver Lenore Tawney dead at 100

Lenore Tawney, a weaver who "helped create the genre of fiber art" died September 24, 2007 in her home at the age of 100. Holland Cotter for the New York Times remembers her and her work.