In the mid 1800s, in the town of Mammen, just outside of Viborg, Denmark, a farmer discovered a grave from the 10th century. Inside was a treasure trove of rich textiles and weapons, laid there to honor a man who was in the service of King Harold Bluetooth. Among the many finds, which included wax candles, silver axes, and silks, was this lovely piece of tablet weaving.
My middle kid, Cam, asked for a piece of weaving for Christmas, and sent me a photo (from Pinterest) with this pattern on it. I recognized it as a period pattern, and knew that I had to share it all with you. She chose the colors–so it’s not part of the Laurel Kingdoms project. And it’s not exactly like the period piece–apparently the original had 17 cards, was made from both wool and a vegetable fiber (probably linen) that degraded, and the pattern was likely done in a brocade technique. However, this double-sided, skip-hole weave is so lovely, I think you’re going to enjoy it!
Because the black threads in this piece were threaded ABBA, it made me think of music from my very young childhood…and I named this piece Mamman Mia. I know…terrible joke, but I’ve been spending a lot of time indoors….the weather is dreary and the endless months of virus lockdowns have taken their toll.
Despite 2020 being the dumpster fire that it is, I have a lot to be grateful for–my family, my friends, YouTube, and my faithful viewers. Here’s to a much better 2021. Thanks for a terrific year!
3 thoughts on “Weave Along with Elewys, Ep. 12: 10th Century Mammen”
Is there a way to get the entire pattern from the mammen weaving, not just the section you did?
There is probably some weaver out there that has charted it all out, but I don’t know of anyone off the top of my head. Try doing some Google searches or Pinterest searches…you may find something quicker than I can. 😀
Terrific pattern – and I enjoyed your video as always! Love your little guy Smokey – he reminds me of cockatiels that I used to have (years ago) and miss. I can tell he gets to listen to music frequently – I loved his whistling at the end of the podcast. 🙂
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