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17 February 2009 @ 11:14 pm
Thing-a-Day - 17/28 - Leg Wraps  
Leg Wraps

Today's Thing is actually just the completion phase of this project - both mightyjesse and I had been working on these for awhile and were just able to do the reveal this past weekend since they were a Seekrit Projikt for a friend's birthday present. Once we were able to to have him try them on, I cut them to the right length and today finished the edges and added the hooks. She did the one on the left and I did the one on the right - my very first weaving project!

Handwoven legwraps
Purchased Scottish wool yarn - Isager Hojlandsgarn (Colors: Tobacco and Marlin)
Woven on a four harness loom (*want*)
Hooks purchased from Raymond's Quiet Press


By the way - Raymond's has a new homepage! It's shiny! I hope he is able to similarly reorganize and update the rest... not that the bare-bones website kept me from purchasing tons of things from him as it was...

Current Mood: pleasedpleased
judithsewstoojudithsewstoo on February 18th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
So, what are some of the other details of the leg wraps? Length? Width? I see that it was a twill herringbone pattern... would these work for a 5th cent. Pict?? ;)
mightyjessemightyjesse on February 18th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
The wool was a Z-spun, 2 ply yarn, woven at about 15 ends-per-inch. (It was VERY rare to see plied yarns used in weaving, but at least 1 sample does exist...) eithni did a much better job than I of weaving a balanced weave. Mine was probably about 25-30 sheds per inch where, Eithni was probably closer to 18.

Here are some useful statistics on extant leg wraps to compare with what we created. Our fabric was 2.5 inches wide which means that it was on the very narrow end of the scale as far as that goes, but there was one extant sample more narrow than ours. It looks like our weaving was also on the "rough" end of the scale, as it would appear that they were using finer threads than we were. However, we ARE on the chart with all of our choices.... if only barely.

Edited at 2009-02-18 03:56 pm (UTC)
judithsewstoojudithsewstoo on February 18th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Oooooh! Thank you!!!! :)

eithni: embroideryeithni on February 19th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting the details. I was at work and didn't have the info handy, nor the time to sneak a reply anyway. :P
eithni: Pictisheithni on February 19th, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
I have seen no evidence that the Picts used legwraps...

...but they are fun to weave...
...and they are sexy...
...especially on Viking boys...

Just saying... ;)