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!


  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.

  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!

  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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