Posts in Category: Textiles

Snartemo card weaving video

I found this video of the Snartemo pattern card weaving on YouTube. Let me know if you can find any more resources on the Snartemo weaves.

7th-century Merovingian cardweaving from Chelles

The Albert Bono Museum in Chelles, France has several examples of extant card weaving.


This band is a composite of three individually woven pieces. The central portion is two colors of wool, with embroidered Trees of Life between the animal motifs. The smaller two-color edge pieces are of silk. I am not convinced that the central portion is card woven, as there doesn’t appear to be the twining that you get with card weaving.The warp and weft appear to be at right angles to each other.

You can clearly see that the edge pieces are twined. There is an interpretation and graphed pattern here and a different one here.


These bands were found with the bones of Bathilde.

These two bands are in wool, both with three colors. It is commonly considered to be similar to the Snartemo Grave V weavings. You can clearly see the long floats in these bands. You can find patterns here, here, here, here, and here. Oh, and here, here, here, and here.


Card weaving decorates the tunic attributed to Bertille.

This silk band, in red, yellow and brown is 9mm wide. It has a design of twining bird forms. You can find patterns for this card weaving here, here, here, and here.


Pattern Weaving with Pick Up Stick Rigid Heddle Loom

A very good video showing a simple (ha!) pattern weaving using a pick up stick.


Gallo-Roman stuff

There are a number of graves from les Martres de Veyre that have yielded textile finds, including some amazing complete garments. Now, I may not a chance to travel over there to see the artifacts, but luckily, others are luckier… and they post their photographs on the intarwebz,

The role of the Sogdian Colonies in the diffusion of the pearl roundels pattern

Here’s an interesting article on the development of the roundels we see in many cultures during the antique and early medieval period. You can see these roundels on Bathilde’s chausable,

Here’s an excerpt from the article. You can find the whole thing here.

The archaeological objects discovered in the desert territory situated in the Xinjiang Uighurs’ Autonomous Province (China) -or Eastern Turkestan- include a large quantity of textiles and other organic materials preserved thanks to the particular climatic conditions of the zone. The archaeological sites must investigated are the cemeteries of Astana and Kara-khoja, in the Turfan Oasis. Excavations led in the beginning of the last century by British and Japanese missions and, later, Chinese as well, discovered several naturally mummified corpses. They were buried with rich funerary outfits and with Persian or Byzantine coins and documents written in Chinese and those were used by scholars to establish the dating of the cemeteries (from about 3rd century A.D. to 8th century A.D.)1.