Look closely at this photo to see the person standing at the far side of the ship to get an idea of the size of it.
You know, only a very small percentage of Vikings were the kind that marauded, pillaged and plundered. They had families and built homes, buried their dead (in large ships like this if the dead person was a king) AND they wove cloth.
AH! I stand corrected by an astute and wonderful reader. Read the comment section below for the name of this contributor.
"The Oseberg ship is not 13th century but 9th century and was used to bury two women, not a chief. So all that stuff was for women, not men! That's why there's so much lovely textile stuff in there."
Now, I thought that these cards used for weaving were a kind of primitive Jaquard weaving like I showed you on Monday. See blog on Swedish Linen.
But, after a bit of research, I know better. The technique is very different, but really interesting. First watch this Youtube video, appropriately done by a Swedish lady.
"Tablet weaving by my way to do it. Sorry, but the speak is in swedish but I think you will understand the pictures."
There are LOTS of Youtube videos showing how to do this, including how to set the loom up and get started. But below is a link to a Wikipedia article explaining it, too.
Wikipedia explanation of Card Weaving
Hmmm ... I want to learn to do this! Maybe when I retire ... ha ha.