Brocade practice

What to do when patterns have been drafted and linen has been ordered?

Well, we couldn’t very well weave one of the other orders, now could we? That would be rude and ruining the waiting queue. We’ll practice brocading instead, as I have precious little practice with said technique.

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I didn’t really have the brainwork to draft up something especially for this practice piece. The pattern is taken from the book “Ecclesiastic pomp & Aristocratic cirsumstance” by Nancy Spies, and is believed to be from imperial garments from the 11th century.

It is easy to understand why this sort of thing was only worn by the very wealthiest. All day weaving, all three Lord of the Rings movies, and I’ve only managed about 40cm.

Oh, and it is barely 2.7cm wide.

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