Bone Knitting Needles
Bone and antler
Ideal for sewing woollen cloth - the fibres glide apart instead of being pierced
as they are with metal needles. A joy to use. Sizes vary from small
to darning size.
Double ended, up to 8" long. Diameters (thickness) are approximately
SWG or modern, metric sizes, up to about 3mm.
bodkins (pronounced norl-bin-dning)
Jorvik sock (and mittens and hats and purses and whatever you can think
of) can be reproduced with practice, a length of preferably home spun
wool and a large bone needle. Dark Age women who want to impress others
and the public should learn this skill and keep a nåhlbindning
needle to hand. Finished items are waterproof and durable, they could
last a thousand years!
not as satisfying as bone but unbreakable and easier to use on closely
woven linen fabric
Sewing Needles - stouter with bigger eye
Machine made but they look better than steel ones for your public
Hooks and Eyes
heavy or medium wire 50p/pr
style and different lengths, hand-made to your specified size if required.
These are indispensible for holding yarn for all kinds of small weaving
especially tablet and inkle, and look the part for Living History presentations.
Netting is another useful skill which only needs string, a short length
of wood or bone and a shuttle and will add to your repertoire for demonstrations.
See Basic Instruction Leaflets below.
variety of native timbers, up to 8" long, 1" wide.
very fine work. Load them with silk and you can make the most delicate
hairnets to contain your locks authentically.
shown in Museum of London Dress Accessories
to 8" long, smooth and elegant
2" square with rounded
corners and made from the finest plywood. They are especially desirable
for the advanced weaver who is wanting to make a wide band or a complicated
design. There is a hole at each corner and marking for the first hole
if you require.
Lucet braid making
is simple and produces any length of useful decorative cord,
ideal for points, purse strings etc. The public enjoys seeing the process,
it is simple enough for children to do and parents often want to buy
a lucet to take home.
Thread on Wooden Hand-made Reels
ten ells ( 1 ell = 45")
various timbers (no hole in centre, unsuitable for sewing machines!)
Wooden cylinder with
hollow centre shaped like three spools for holding thread.
For drop spinning, Spindle only
various whorls are possible, including wood,
lead and polyphant.
wood from £2.50 lead from £2, polyphant (Cornish soapstone) from £5
tape or bands, suitable for teaching basic weaving. The price is 50p per slot.
to size from £5.00 each
For simple or textured weaving. About
24" long with 29 or 31 pegs.
Looms - small
warp length 53" (finished woven length shorter), maximum 3"
wide. Because of the
loom's small size the weaving can
be carried in a bag and taken
anywhere for demonstrating.
square with rounded indents, made in plywood. Ideal for thicker woolen
yarns than the reels but can also be use for long lengths of linen and
are about 2 - 3" diameter, made in stout leather with approximately
30 slots round the outside and a hole in the middle. With coloured yarn
you can easily make strong, stunning braided cords which have many uses.
for pictures of any stock items
Inkle Weaving 25p
Heddle Weaving 25p
Fingerloop Cord 25p
Fingerloop Braid 25p
Loom Weaving 25p
Making Rushlights 25p
Drop Spinning 25p
Advanced Netting 50p