Recent occupations

Some of the things I’ve completed recently

an oblique-weave sash

Oblique Interlacing sash

Oblique Interlace sash

And a silk military sash

Silk military sash

Silk military sash

And a better version of that Egyptian turban

Replica of a mummy's headdress, an Egyptian turban

Replica of a mummy’s headdress, an Egyptian turban

This replica turban is based on a visit with a mummy in the collection of the Guimet Museum in Lyon, France.

The turban is interesting as it makes use of a common phenomena in sprang: one side is not the same length as the other side. Here this was done intentionally. The part around the head is 3/4 the size of the ‘tails’. That is to say, the tails were packed more loosely.

Here’s how it went:

In the 'weaving' (OK, more technically 'braiding') process, I intentionally let the mirror image portion be longer.

In the ‘weaving’ (OK, more technically ‘braiding’) process, I intentionally let the mirror image portion be longer.

Chaining at the meeting line

Chaining at the meeting line

I loaded the upper loops onto a drawstring, folded the drawstring in half, and stitched the halfs together.

I loaded the upper loops onto a drawstring, folded the drawstring in half, and stitched the halfs together.

I loaded the loops at the other end onto two drawstrings, clipped the central loop, and unpicked one thread, making two tails.

I loaded the loops at the other end onto two drawstrings, clipped the central loop, and unpicked one thread, forming two tails.

Blocking (soak the garment, and then pat it into place and leave it dry that way) helps the tails to lie flat

Blocking (soak the garment, and then pat it into place and leave it dry that way) helps the tails to lie flat

Once blocked, the tails can be wrapped around the front of the head, transforming this into a turban.

Here's an earlier attempt I made at making the same turban

Here’s an earlier attempt I made at making the same turban, using thicker thread. The original mummy headdress features wool  threads about the size of sewing thread.

 

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