I’ve decided to put together a medieval weave structures sample book. Basically, small samples of all the weave structures I can document to medieval Europe.
I’m going to do them all in a natural-colored 8/2 unmercerized cotton, with a small section of colored weft to show the weave better. I’m hoping the constant yarn will allow the differences in weave structure to show without distractions from different fibers/textures.
I will compile these all into a sample book with a description of the draft, historical details, and weaving draft.
Step one is to go through all my books and try to find as many drafts/extant textiles as possible.
I’ve managed to make a good dent in this set of wickelbander. I decided to just leave the twill edge, rather than add a floating selvedge. I’m not sure I’m happy with that decision, but we’ll see after wet finishing. 2 yards down, 6 to go.
Weaving in progress
Since I bought some extra wool I’m going to run off one more set of wickelbander, before moving on to other things.
These will be exactly the same as my black and red wickelbander, but with white warp instead of black.
Warped. The brown wool here is just whatever I had handy to check my threading.
Yesterday I finished my another set of wickelbander.
Blue and white wickelbander
These are done with Jaggerspun Maine Line 2/20. The wool itself was lovely to work with, and I had very few broken ends. It felted a bit funny during finishing, unfortunately.