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Various implements used in Viking households:

Seen in the Vikingskipshuset Museum in Oslo
I'm not sure what the large item at the top is, or the two which look a bit like corkscrews - we were unable to ake a pic of the descriptions and I can't remember for all, I'm afraid. But the small longish item in the middle left is some kind of peg, the two on the right are said to be spindles, and the two flat items with the holes are the "squares" necessary for inkle/ribbon weaving. (I'm not entirely sure about the term; inkle weaving is the translation, but I'm not sure if it refers also to the historic weaving tecnicque with the squares, or just for the loom-based technique).


Thanks for sharing these with us!
Nice choice for the prompt.
This one seems to have beaten me.
Thanks! I used the old pic since I went around for all of the week without finding a suitable object to shoot.
Inkle weaving uses a particular over/under arrangement of weft. It currently uses a specific pegged loom called an Inkle loom. But too me, the drilled pieces look much more like what would be used today for "card" weaving which involves turning threaded warp through a specific pattern of twists and turns to create a woven structure when combined with weft. I could see using the two drop spindles and the two "card" weaving frames with success, even today. Love pic and thanks for sharing!

- Erulisse (one L)
Ah, card weaving is the term! It' always difficult finding translations for such things, and describing of such techniques would mostly be impossible for me as I don't know any of the terms in English. More often, like here, the translation is also wrong or misleading. Card weaving is called "Bändchenweben" in German, whereas inkle weaving is called "Bandweben"; "Bändchen" is the diminuitive of "Band". Looking for the term by way of wikipedia which usually is most helpful, I got lead to inkle weaving.
Those are fascinating - and I have a feeling there are similar ones in our museum here.