Chelles de Bathilde is a tablet-woven band, found in the grave of St. Bathilde who died in 680 CE in Burgundy, now France.
This band uses a technique called floatwork, in which to get the pattern you see, has the color strand remain on the surface of the band (or “floats”) without tiedowns. Unlike most other bands, this pattern is completely reversible with the opposite colors shown on the back of the band. It would be difficult to tell which side was the top of the band if you were not familiar with the original piece. This can be seen in the picture above, where the middle portion of the band is actually showing you the reverse side.
I re-created the pattern for this band after looking at two visual sources, and zooming in really closely on the computer. Since there were some similarities to problematic symbols, I modified a few portions of the band, still keeping the feeling of the motifs, but altering the patterns to be more sensitive.
I wove the band in silk, in the colors blue, red, and yellow, same as in the original band. The cards are threaded with two red strands in opposite corners, one yellow and one blue. The pattern uses 44 pattern cards, and 3 border cards per side, with a total of 50 cards wide.
To find out more information on the band and my process, please read the additional information linked below. I also have it posted on my website, with my modified pattern available for download. https://www.arabellademere.com/2021/01/10/bathilde-de-chelles-band/
Full documentation and more photos can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MPdVGXZC34P101kFL3BXrrTv4MevZeWEzWzOccd2Bg4/edit?usp=sharing
As always, please contact me should you have any questions, or comments. firstname.lastname@example.org