roslein und wecklein - Brocading Patterns for Tablet Weaving
Peering Through the Keyhole
A notebook from the Nuremberg workroom of the Poor Clares was preserved by accident and has not been understood for a long time. Originating in the mid-15th century, it is not a book about embroidery with pearls, as previously believed, but contains clear instructions for 342 brocaded patterns in the tablet weaving technique. It gives us an intimate view of the spheres of life of nuns, which were also hit by the restructuring of the order.
Brocading instructions, including much of the original texts and notations, have been transcribed and pictured next to facsimiles of the original manuscript pages. Historical background is explored in addition to basic instructions for brocading, weaving patterns in modern form, and a view of designs as well as a vocabulary index. Beyond this, the surveys provide more information and hints for translation.