I have been teaching fiber arts in person since 1992, and online since about 1996. This website now features how-to information, photographs and resource lists for a wide variety of textile techniques. My specialty is historical textile techniques, especially those like braiding and tablet weaving that can produce very complicated structures with minimal equipment. I'm also interested in popularizing obscure techniques like sprang and naalbinding. There's history and technique information for some of these things available through the links on the left. The site blog, String Notes
, is now the place for tips, tricks, book reviews, and other assorted less-formal or shorter writings.
I sell supplies and equipment for braiding, tablet weaving, and other "small" techniques. A perennial problem has been that there's no source for high-quality weaving yarns in small quantities. Knitting yarns aren't right, and even the best weaving yarns come in quantities far greater than the tablet weaver or braider requires. Tablet weavers who want to do continuous warping need four (or more) cones of yarn, and who can afford that? Stringpage Supplies is now offering hand-dyed silk and cotton in two sizes and in a range of colors. Linen is also available, and wool suitable for tablet weaving will be coming soon. Everything is available in 100-yard quantities, and is wound onto quills so that you can warp or measure right away. Larger quantities are available, and skeins can be provided for the dye-it-yourselfer. I hope that you will find everything you need for braiding and narrow weaving. If something is missing, please let me know.
My local SCA
group has held a textile-themed event each November since 2003. The event administration moved to Abhainn Ciach Ghlais
in 2010, and I'm very happy they've kept it going. This year is the tenth anniversary. FFF will be held at the Sieg Center, Lamar PA, the weekend of November 16-18, 2012
. I'm organizing classes again, and would love to have you come teach.
Preliminary Class List
Here are some of the things we've had in the past:
FFF I Classes
FFF II Classes
FFF III Classes
FFF IV Classes
FFF V Classes
FFF VI Classes
FFF VII Classes
FFF VIII Classes
FFF IX Classes
Things to See
Nick has his own website
, devoted to his custom knifemaking. (And check out my Damascus tablet weaving beater on the gallery page!)
Topics in medieval and early Renaissance science have been moved to their own website at www.astronomicum.com. Some of the subjects over there: medieval astronomy and astrology (and related cosmology), herbals and the perception of plants, and cryptography.
Other String Stuff
Because of the way search engines work, I seem to get a lot of hits from
people looking for information on string art or hair braiding. I don't
know much about either of these, but here are some
things to help you get started.
String art: try your local library - mine has a
couple of books on the
subject. Also, there's a very nice web
page with information, patterns and photographs.
Hair braiding: I have been sent a couple of
links - thanks!
Send me email: email@example.com
(Since 20 June 1996)
This count is courtesy of WebCounter.
Copyright Sarah Goslee 1996, 2010