Is anyone interested in letting me do weaving research for you?

I know so many folks in the SCA are mundanely living outside of Europe. I am fortunate enough to live in the UK. So if you find extant weavings that are on display in the UK, please comment here and I will do my best to go see them and photograph them for you. I have a professional grade camera and a keen interst in Medieval Textiles, so in my mind it's win-win! Please post as much information as you can here and what data you want me to collect for you along with the photos. I will post small versions of photos in the comments here and we can arrange larger versions for you to use via the Private Messaging system!

In the SCA I am known as HL Jahanara Vivana, Companion of the Order of the Panache and Companion of the Order of the Golden Calon Swan (amoung others:). Mundanely I own Weavoltuion, with my husband Oliver, and live near Cambridge. London is easily accessible by train.


Jahanara (Erica)


Posted on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 04:22

Now this would be difficult to research, but when I was 7, I went to Scotland, met relatives, and was shown an "uncle"'s hobby - restoring an old industrial era loom.  I remember it as a stone building with the loom taking up the entire space.  Clearly I need to get some names and places, but it would interest me to know the status of that huge old loom.

Posted on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 16:13

I will have to keep your gracious offer in mind should I run across anything I need information on. So often you can't see construction or other details from the standard photos that are published.

I remember a few of us staring at all the details on clothing at the Russian Czars exhibit. I was all excited to see square lucet cord used as a seam binding. We were all pressing as close as we could to see everything. The guards were amused.

Posted on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 08:54

I'm still working on updating it, but you all can check my personal site,, for notes and photos of things I research!

Please do comment back here if ypu come across anything you want me to go study for you!

Posted on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 09:09

queezle, i'm curious about that loom you're talking about. Have you got any names or places? I live in southern scotland, near Edinburgh

Posted on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:21

That looks so interesting, but I think it was an early industrial loom that was being restored. 

My father wrote a book documenting his mother's family history (the Scottish side).  I expect it to have some additional information, but its in storage due to ongoing construction.  My visit was in 1967, and I was 8 years old.  My memories are very hazy, but I've been really wanting to learn more. 

I will contact siblings and my mother to see if anyone remembers or has easy access to the family history book.