Birka grave 977, band B8

The Swedish museum, Historiska museet, added more – high resolution – pictures of some of the Birka bands. Thanks to this we can now expand Agnes Geijer’s work and decipher more patterns. I hope they will never stop adding more and more high res photos ❤ The very tiny band from grave 977 with the pattern…

Birka B8 an B5 tablet woven bands (grave 977)

Among other finds in grave 977 in Birka there were pieces of tablet woven bands, with patterns labeled by Agnes Geijer as B8 and B5. W grobie nr 977 w Birce znaleziono między innymi fragmenty brokatowanych krajek tabliczkowych, ze wzorami oznaczonymi przez Agnes Geijer jako B8 i B5. Image source/źródło: Agnes Geijer in Birka III wrote…

Tablet weaving – Birka vs 15thC South Germany

I was asked to make 2 ten cm long pieces of the band from Birka grave 965 (pattern B 6 by Agnes Geijer) and the band from XVth century South Germany or Austria (patern 26 by Nancy Spies). The Birka band brocading was made using a drawn silver wire. The band was 11 mm wide….

The Kostrup band

The woolen, tablet woven band with a woolen brocade, found in Kostrup, is a fascinating find. The most comprehensive information can be found here: Following the description, I used 4-hole tablets with only 2 holes threaded. My wool was too thin, so my band has only 11 mm width, while the original is 14 mm…

Brocaded band from Pień

A while ago, in one of the articles on about the discoveries from Pień, Poland, this grave find was mentioned (for example here) – a silk band, brocaded with gold-foil wrapped thread, dated to second half of 10th century – first quarter of 11th century. It was used as a belt and found on…

Tablet woven belt with B6 pattern

    My friend saw my small B6 band and asked if I could make her a woolen belt like that. It’s not for reenactment, that’s why it’s so wide. Pattern from grave 965 at Birka. It’s 2,5 meters long,

B 23

3 meters long, 13 mm wide. All the way the tablets turned in one direction. Based on the find from grave 750 in Birka.

Birka 6 pattern

11 mm wide, 3 m long. Green silk and metal-wrapped silver tread, 21 tablets.