Monday, September 26, 2011

Viking textiles: How to!

Yesterday - in the most gorgeous September sunshine, while my DH was far away to watch the Road World Championship, I went by my own beloved bike to visit the local prehistoric museum, Moesgård. They have a fantastic exhibition on Vikings and in the afternoon, a spare time viking craftswoman, archaeology student, Birgitte Damkjer, was invited to show how to work with :
naal binding
tablet weaving
We had a very good talk. She was dressed in her homemade viking clothes, and looked absolutely fantastic with her glass beads and jewelry.
I have several copies of prehistoric brooches. Presents from friends, family and colleagues, who know of my lifelong interest in historic crafts. Here they are, displayed on my new vest.
They all look great,however I will not copy the viking woman and wear them all at the same time.


  1. I'm glad knitting was invented, aren't you? A Swedish woman taught me naalbinding and I kept thinking how glad I was that knitting had been invented.

  2. How fascinating! I assume that the real Viking women would only have worn so much bling for special occasions and not everyday?

  3. The vest is lovely. I think you may be right about not wearing all the jewelry at once, however. Naalbinding appears more difficult and less attractive than knitting.

  4. You are brilliant and funny. Be warned, I am coming to visit you to museum hop, although I'm not sure exactly when...

  5. What an exciting day you must have had! Do you know how to do tablet weaving and nalbinding? Your brooches look lovely too!
    I love the combintation of "real" museum exhibition and reenactment. We have so many medieval markets here, but unfortunately they are often a mix of a bit middle ages, a bit gothic and a bit fairy tales!
    Greetings Sabine

  6. Now don't get me going here! I am fascinated by any insight into historial textiles and female adornment. If the truth be know until fairly recently anything before the eleventh century foolishly struck me as far too primitive to be of any interest to me. How wrong was I! Our local archeology museum in Caen where I lived until two years ago also did workshops of Viking aesthetics. It was fascinating.

    It is lovely to see how much you relish life, Mette!


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