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Saxon kit advice

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:45 pm
by Ellen Gethin
Help needed please - I'm making Saxon tunics for Hastings this year and I'd like to know if a fur collar would be authentic on a wool overtunic.
I just happen to have this narrow fur stole I could use. It would look good, but would it look right?

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:32 pm
by PaulMurphy
In a word, no.

The guides at suggest embroidery or braid decoration. While fur may have been used to trim cloaks, there is no evidence for it being used on tunics, to my knowledge. The Hastings mailing list is probably a better place for this sort of question - see


Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:37 pm
by Ellen Gethin

Thanks, though - time to look out for some decent braid, then.

Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 11:52 am
by Alice the Huswyf
Try Ali at Herts Specialist Fabrics - - not shown on his website is the small selection of tablet-woven braids at £10 + a length.

or look on ebay - search under 'tablet weaving all categories' (or 'crafts'); there are a couple of women who sell there from time to time - some with metallic or unsuitable threads , some without. At present

Viking/Asatru/SCA/Reenactor/Tablet/Card/ Weaving//Trim
1 " wide/ShetlandWool/Good Viking/Saxon Style Pattern Item number: 160004247433

linen-Cotton Thread/Single Diamond Pattern/1/2 inch w Item number: 160004541681

Viking/Medieval/SCA/Tablet /Card/Weaving/Reenactor/Trim
Handwoven/Diamond Pattern/ REAL SILK-WOOL Thread! Item number: 160005564461

Shetland Wool/Double Diamond Pattern/3/4 inch wide Item number: 8434772955

Linen-Cotton Blend//Double Wide Pattern!/1 1/8 th inch! Item number: 8433185572

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 3:15 pm
by Dingo8MyBaby
Steve the Weave does a large reage of tablet woven brades in wool and silk if you require finder finishes. For 1066 I'd suggest his fine wool brades. pm me and I can send you his email address. If he's not got the colour mix you want in stock he can usually make it for you in a few days - obviously depending on what other work he's got on.

Having purchased from him for the past 20 years I can't reccomend him highly enough.

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:26 pm
by Tuppence
Got to second Steve the Weave - his tablet braid is quite simply the best there is - he thoroughly deserves the nickname.

And not only that, but his prices are some of the best around.


Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:18 pm
by Shadowcat
Address? Web site? Pictures? More info please, for someone who doesn't get out much!!

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:05 pm
by Ellen Gethin
Gosh, thanks for all the info!