5. Hair net (Språng, from wool spun by me)

Using the yarn from project #4 I created a hairnet similar to the Borum Eshoj hairnet in the National Museum of Denmark.  The hairnet dates back to the 13th century b.c., but being that it’s a hairnet worked in Språng  there is the possibility of similar being made in later years where ever sprang was being utilized.

Borum Eshoj Hairnet

In the middle ages these types of hair net may have been worked on a back strap loom, a small frame or something similar to the Oseberg Frame.  I opted for the ultra cheep (and lazy) method of using PVC pipe to create a fame to hold the warp.  The thread is warped vertically on the frame and the patterns worked by twining the threads from right to left through each row.  Below shows the work in progress:

Hairnet on frame

The patterns are worked by varying the amount and direction of twist of the threads. The dowels are called ‘shed’ sticks and help pack each row against the prior rows.  The center blue thread is the ‘safety cord’ and keeps the work from unraveling should the sticks fall out.

After the rows are worked and the middle section has no further room for additional rows, the middle was chained to keep the work from untwining, the piece was taken off the frame and the bottom edge threaded with a drawstring and pulled taught to form a circle.  Another string was threaded through the top edge and down the sides to help pull up any excess length.

Side view                                         Back view

Though I was really happy with the size of the yarn used for this item, I was not satisfied with the width of the finish piece and felt that it could have been about 4 inches wider.   I have since restrung the hairnet to where it fits more like a coif, pictures will be posted as soon as I have them.

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