Monday, December 5, 2011

Laceby

Warp: White and blue wool
Weft: White wool
Pattern: Laceby
Cards: 12 pattern + 2x2 border
Width:0.8cm
Length: Approx. 1.1 metres

So you may have noticed, I'm kinda obsessed with two-hole patterns at the moment, and this is one that people mention a lot.  It is described by Grace Crowfoot in Antiquaries Journal 36 (1956), in the article Anglo-Saxon sites in Lincolnshire by F.H. Thompson. The preserved fragment is only 3x1.1cm, found in the back of a 6th century brooch from Laceby, England. The original is made of linen.

Crowfoot posits two different ways of weaving the band, one using a heddle (ie not using tablets), and one using "six 2-hole tablets, with two threads in each hole".  I'm utterly unable to explain how the latter system would result in the pattern reconstruction given (same as the one pictured) so I assume that the reconstruction was a bit of a stab in the dark.   This reconstruction uses a tabby weave.  You can see a similar (possibly identical) reconstruction on Phiala's website

I originally threaded this pattern up with extra border tablets in the hopes that I could use it as one of my mattress straps, but even with the extra tablets, it was way too narrow, so I ditched them.

The pattern is relatively fast but I found it easy to lose track of where I was up to, and I was too lazy to fix some of my mistakes!

This will probably be my last band for the year.