Saturday, May 21, 2011

Bird garters

UPDATE: Those of you who wanted a higher-res picture, here is a sample.
Warp: Red silk (fibreholics)
Weft: Red sewing silk
Brocade weft: Anchor gold lame, green and good DMC cotton
Pattern: 13th century German, birds and zigzags. EPAC p.143
Cards: 18 (EPAC pattern has 16, original band had 17)
Width: 1.5cm
Length: 2 x 40cm

It's been an odd 3 months, with earthquake and moving house and other interruptions. This is the first project I've managed to finish in that time. It is a pair of garters to go with a pair of silk hose I made earlier in the year.

The pattern can be found on page 143 of EPAC and is from a 13th century band from Memmelsforf bei Bamberg. It depicts birds (eagles?) in two different colours of silk, separated by gold zigzags. That's 3 different brocading wefts- never more than two on the same line though, thank goodness.

I wove this band backstrap-style and it's somewhate uneven.

The hose are made of red silk lined with pink silk. They were so much more fiddly to make than woolen hose, I don't think I'll be doing that again any time soon! With less stretch they don't fit as snugly either, but I think they did OK in the end. The buckles on the garters are X-41 from Raymond's Quiet Press.

Sorry for the fuzzy photo, I no longer cohabitate with a scanner!

6 comments:

  1. Great work! I would have loved to see a close-up picture...

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  3. @ Fanny: If you click on the picture of just the band above, you'll get a bigger image that is a little zoomable, though it might not be as zoomable as you (or I!) would like.

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  4. Glad to see that you're blogging and doing projects again after the earthquake.

    These are a bit uneven but they still look great!

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  5. Hi Fanny, I would have loved to have used a better picture but as mentioned, no scanner any more, and I can't make my camera do any better than that :( Maybe when I have a few new bands I'll go and borrow a scanner and do them all.

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