Thursday, November 13, 2008

Viking and Medieval Dublin

National Museum Excavations 1962-1973 Catalogue of Exhibition

Published: Ard-Mhusaem na h-Eireann
An Rionn Oideachais first Published 1973

Many hundred's of textile fragments were discovered in excellent conservation.

  • Fragments include coarse heavy fabrics in plain weave, to fine material woven in twill
  • Red Dye,
  • Bone tablets for Tablet Weaving. Narrow woven boarders for sewing on as edging or in decorative patterns
  • Yarn was woven using wooden spindles, weighted with whorls of bone or stone
  • Wooden Reels on which the yarn was wound
  • Sewing needles of bone, bronze and iron
  • Needles cases - one of them is a decorated bronze specimen dating to the 10th Century
  • Footwear finds included boots and shoes of tanned leather, adult and children

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Costume Websites

Here is links to any websites I come across that deal with costumes, the history, construction, etc.

Re-constructiong History
Time-frame: Medieval-19th Century

Elizabethan Costume
Time-frame: Elizabethan

The Costumer's Manifesto

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Viking Age Headcoverings from Dublin

by Elizabeth Wincott Heckett

Publisher: Royal Irish Academy (2003) for The National Museum of Ireland and The Royal Irish Academy
0-9543855-5-1 (Hardback)

Please leave a comment, if you have read this book and would like to leave a review

Dress in Ireland

by Mairead Dunleavy

Collins Press (January 31, 2000)

Please leave a comment, if you have read this book and would like to leave a review

Monday, October 27, 2008

Welcome to Scéilín

This is a new blog, created as part of The Woolly Way of Ireland. We wanted to have a History/Heritage section, but it is such a vast area, we decided it deserved its own blog!

We picked the name Scéilín, because in truth, a lot of our knowledge of Textiles comes from manuscripts, old travel journals and stories. Archaeological finds can never give you the full exact picture, just a story of what might have been. We hope to spin that yarn!

If you have any information, articles, books, links, etc you would like to recommend as we develop this blog, please let us know. You can leave a comment here, in the Community Textile Forum or email us at woollyway[AT]email[DOT] com.