Episode 19: Lifelines, Dyeing, and Migrating Traditions

Photo Courtesy of the National Museum of Iceland

Photo Courtesy of the National Museum of Iceland

In this episode, I'll enable you to a lovely new pattern I’ve been working with as well as a great series of yarn dyeing tutorial videos. We’ll talk about what in the world lifelines are, and learn what the textile remains from a thousand year old burial in north east Iceland can tell us about the various places the inhabitants came from, and the kinds of fiber traditions they brought with them.

Top edge of the blue apron, with tablet woven decorative band of brown and white.

Top edge of the blue apron, with tablet woven decorative band of brown and white.

Fragment of a woven apron strap, a 2x2 twill from the Ketilstaðir burial.

Fragment of a woven apron strap, a 2x2 twill from the Ketilstaðir burial.

Preserved cheek from a woman who immigrated to Iceland and lived there over 1,000 years ago. Shout out to the copper brooches!

Preserved cheek from a woman who immigrated to Iceland and lived there over 1,000 years ago. Shout out to the copper brooches!