Lady Arabella De Mere, Incipient Shire of Old Stonebridges
This is an adaptation of the classic brocade Birka 22 band I made for Queen Margarita’s Birka outfit (used on her head band, and two lines of trim on apron panel). I changed the pattern slightly to fit more with my modern aesthetic, and made the pattern more balanced. (Original and adapted patterns available upon request). Extant band is originally a grave find from Birka, Sweden, and is dated to the 8/9 century.
I used 31 cards with 60/2 black silk for my background warp and ground weft, and real silver plated thread for my brocade weft.
Final width: 9/16 of an inch wide (1.4cm)
Length: 36 inches long
Sparkle factor: OMG!!! SO SPARKLY!!!
Time: it took between 1.5-2 hours per inch. Usually brocade takes me less time, but this band decided to be finicky.
The repeat pattern was 110 lines long, which ended up to be about 2 inches of weaving.
www.ArabellaDeMere.com – Documentation on multiple projects, class hand out on brocade tablet weaving, previous project pictures, and patterns I have transcribed or modified, free for personal use.