Craft entrepreneurship

Craft entrepreneurship in Poland – research results

What is the state of craft entrepreneurship? WICI Association is part of the StartCraft consortium in which 7 European partner organisations research educational needs of crafts entrepreneurs and prepare online learning tools accordingly. In the first part of the project all partners collected data on the situation of vocational education in each of the countries and reached out to craft entreprenurs to learn about their experiences. A survey, focus groups and in-depth interviewing were used as methods of data collection. Our Association was responsible for distributing the survey amongst teachers…

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Museums Tablet weaving

13th century brocaded band from Stary Brzesc, Poland – tablet weaving?

This article is about the 13th century brocaded band from Stary Brześć. If you are here for the tablet weaving pattern (threaded-in), here it is in PDF.  The Archeological and Ethnographic Museum in Lodz, Poland, has in its collection a unique 13th textile find – a very decorative, brocaded passament. The band (in two pieces) was found in a grave in Stary Brześć (Kuyavia, north-central Poland) during archeological excavations in the 1950s. The grave (no 564) belonged to a woman as two temple rings were also unearthed there. The area…

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Vikings more thrilling than Columbus? Norwegians cross the Atlantic on a Viking ship for the first time since the Viking Age

If you have ever been to Norway, especially north of Trondheim, you will know it is a vast country with plenty of breath-taking natural sites and a relatively small population scattered along the coast. In mainland Norway and definitely in the north of it, there is always a chance you will discover a completely pristine area where you would want to be one with nature. Norwegians are known for their Arctic expeditions as well as a healthy obsession with the outdoors. As researchers Alex Andersson and Scott Magelssen point out,…

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Craft Interviews Naalbinding

Viking naalbinding stitches

Viking nålebinding stitches – interview with Anna, WICIstore’s naalbinding specialist! What are the basic Viking Age nålebinding (naalbinding) stitches? From my experience in Viking reeenactment, nålebinding makers use four basic stitches named after the place where first needle bound textile pieces were excavated. Oslo stitch – named after a mitten found during excavations in Norway. It dates back to the 11th century. Mammen stitch was named after a find in Denmark, from a grave of a man from the 10th century. Finnish stitch was used in the so called Eura…

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