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Weaving tool photos (Greenland)

Doreen Gunkel

These photos were taken at the National Museum of Greenland.

Most items excavated during the long history of archeological exploration on this island had been removed to the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. As the Island of Greenland has been culturally developing, compromises have been struck that have allowed many of the items taken to Copenhagen to be returned.

One of these developments is the National Museum of Greenland. It has a superb archive section as well as wonderful exhibit areas.

Danish Museum number 10580, commonly known as the Greenland Gown, was one of these returned items.

I will not be showing any photos of this item at this time, nor of the small bits of textile. As of yet, I have not finished my examination of them and they will be included in an upcoming piece of research.

In this batch of photos you will find many items that were included in Woven Into The Earth (WIE) by Else Ostergard. I will try to identify them and the page number as I present each photo.

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Needles of various sizes, needle/awl sharpeners, awls (or stilettos), and weaving pins. More information, WIE (Ostergard) Pg. 111-11

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The Warp Weighted Loom Started

Greenland Gown Project

Greetings and good health to all of you.

I hope this Monday has been kind to all of you. Slow start around here this morning, but, After coffee…

I am starting the process of building my Warp Weighted Loom.

I however, am finding that for such a simple looking tool it can be quite complicated and that is before the weaving.

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Ok…HELP!!!!

Greenland Gown Project

AHHHHH!

Well, I need to write even if it is just to be able to sleep tonight. I hope you will indulge me.

As I have been setting here processing the never ending piles of wool, I came upon a rather scratchy thought. Just how much wool do I need to process to get to the end of the tunnel?

My difficulty is that I do not completely understand the fabric I am recreating. I also do not understand weaving on a common floor loom let alone a Warp Weighted Loom. I have just enough knowledge of weaving to be dangerous.

Now mind you, I am recreating some of the techniques used to build the tools and fabric related to bring this project to completion. But, I am not an all knowing person. I need help…..

How do I figure the amount of wool needed to make the requisite fabric? HELP!

Is this fabric (2/2 twill) a warp faced fabric?

I guess this will not be the only two questions, but these are the most pressing ones at this point.

Again… HELP!

<Grin>

No Really….. Help.

Hubby says, “Good judgement comes from experience which comes from bad judgement.”

 

Be well,

D

 

Update 3/19/14 Wool Processing and Research

Greenland Gown Project

Greetings from the wool shed!

I hope this finds you all doing well. It is spring! or some semblance of it here. Planting of roses and pruning of fruit trees has commenced.

So, I am continuing the hand processing of fleece to be spun into yarn for the weaving of the first dress. This dress is being made out of the Churro Breed of sheep.

I am going to be making a trip up to Wisconsin in May and I hope to meet a breeder there for the Icelandic fleece. Yes Kids It seems that it is time for me to start thinking about the next phase of the project.

Speaking of the next phase of the project. As I have little to do but think while combing the fleece I currently have, my mind has started travelling to the world of the loom. I will be building the loom myself this summer. I am starting from the ground up. Cutting of the timber for the parts cannot happen until June most likely. We have a permit system in out forests and the permits will not be available until May.

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2/24/14 update – Wool Processing continues!

Greenland Gown Project

Greetings from the Project!

I hope this finds all of you well and prospering.

It has been a busy time here as I have begun full swing processing of 12 Navajo Churro Fleeces. The wool from these sheep are being washed as I go and then I am using the oiling process I had out lined in the blog post of 12/09/2013.

It has it’s good points and inconvenient points.

Firstly on the good side, It helps a less than optimal fleece due to dryness and course quality to become usable for the purpose of this project. Also, I am finding the separation to be much easier as it lubricates the wool fibers thus letting them slip easily across one another. Combing is much easier and the waste fiber is reduced. Your hands and tools become conditioned in a way that most hand lotions will not do.

On the inconvenient side of things, It is oily. working on this makes your hands and tools slippery. This is an easy problem to fix with the use of a cloth to wipe every thing down periodically. As for it spreading to other surfaces as you work, I have not had that problem as I contain the oily material and tools to one work space and stay aware of the oil.

On to other progress and such from here.

We went to the mountains to look around at the availability for timber to build the looms. We found that cutting permits will not be offered until early May. So back to gathering information on construction and also thinking about how to weave. So much to learn!

Also, we are looking forward to the potential of making a trip to the North Atlantic next year. At this time it looks like it may be a real possibility. I look forward to actually be boots on the ground in the places I have only had access to through books and emails from wonderful contacts! Also I am looking forward to the possibility of seeing the fabric that this project is based on in person. Just some of the dreams and directions I am working towards.

Well, That is about it for the time being. One more thing, As you can see is that the website is back up. Those who have not answered my call for a touch back on the email so I know you are getting posts from here, Please do so. It is important to me that after our absence that I know your email is working.

Be well,

Doreen

The world is Fleece

Greenland Gown Project

Greetings from the wool shed!

Today I am finally kicking off a major campaign to get the twelve Churro fleeces needed for the first weaving done so that Anna, the project spinner, can do her part in the early summer.

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Why Oil a Fleece?

Greenland Gown Project

Hi everyone! Glad to see you here!

This past week I was asked an interesting set of questions on the face book Greenland Gown Research/Recreation page. I gave a Cliff Notes version of the answer and so would like to expand on that information.

The question and request is as follows. “Tell me about oiling fleece. Why does one do it and does it need to be done on all fleeces?”

Project update 12/2/2013 (Happy Holidays)

Greenland Gown Project

Greetings and happy holidays to all of you!

I am literally back on my feet again and the work on the project continues. I have been experimenting with a wool oil recipe that has or was used in commercial mills since the 1800’s if my information is correct.

This information will be the next blog post of substance. I hope to have the results of the first part of the work out to you in the next week. I just need to write the information up into a form that is readily understood.

Blog for 10-7-13, New Download

Greenland Gown Project

Hi everyone. The Blog for this week is fairly short and to the point.  It’s pretty much an announcement that I put all of my time and effort into re-writing a revised edition of the research paper on the genetic links and migration patterns of the three target sheep for this project.

The three sheep are the villsau from Norway, the Icelandic sheep from Iceland, and the Navajo Churro from the American Southwest.  Their journeys and the people they took with them could make a research paper all on there own, but that’s a story for another time

Please go to the download page and check the new revision as it is more streamlined and has updated information found during the further research done for the project.

Please enjoy. Next week I am going to discuss the effect that social media has had on the project.

Be well,

Fulling or Felting

Greenland Gown Project

Greetings!

It is once again time for a blog post.

I just love research! It takes you to places that you would never think about going, yet they are supremely important to the whole outcome of your endeavor.

This week I would like to address the terms fulling and felting.

I found myself looking at material for the next paper and I started to see these terms very regularly interchanged in ways that had no real pattern. So, this is where I get distracted when I am doing research… SQUIRREL!

I found that I am not the only one confused by the terms. Not many writers, it would seem, can agree on things concerning this group of topics. I have basically distilled what I have seen for you. Please understand that this just means that I now add my own opinion to the pile.

As always, let’s start with the definition of each…..

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