We have a focus topic, date, and location for the European Textile Forum in 2022: We will return to Mayen, Germany, and reside in the Laboratory for Experimental Archaeology. From November 7 to November 13, our focus topic will be "Simple, Special, Spun or Spliced: Yarns, Threads, and Their Making".
The very first Forum in 2009 had spinning as one of its focus topics, and after more than a decade, it might be time to revisit this technique, and all the other possibilities of making yarn. Spinning is the most common procedure to make threads, and the basic principle is always the same: Taking fibres of limited length and twisting them together to form yarns, which can then be used single or plied together. However, there is a multitude of tools and techniques for spinning, depending for example on time, place, and preferred materials. Splicing, for instance, is a technique that has gained more attention in the last years as it became clearer and clearer that it was the method for making a lot of the early plant-fibre textiles. Another area with a lot of unanswered questions is the production of gold threads and membrane gold threads - one of the many things we hope to explore in this year's Forum.
We'd like to invite you to explore the different procedures, tools, and materials for making threads in the widest sense, from splicing of bast fibres to wrapping a core thread, from recycled fibres to strips of metal or gilt leather.