Bone needles?

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Re: Bone needles?

Postby RecycledViking on Sat Jun 28, 2008 12:06 am

I'm in contact with Mary (of Sweetness & Light, candlemaker.org) and hoping to order and receive my bone needles soon :)
I'm also thinking of the nahlbinding bodkins, but after I get my woman's kit in order.
I didn't even think of using bone needles before this discussion and now I feel like I can't work without them! Thanks Monkey :D
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Re: Bone needles?

Postby Freebeard on Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:10 pm

copper ight work for a bit, but to be honest it wouldn't be the best.
bronze is stronger than copper and would be better, but bone would be best for viking i think, as the majority of needles found throughout this age were made of bone. but thin bone needles are prone to breaking easier than you think, so a bit of care is needed.
but bone would be the best.
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Re: Bone needles?

Postby vlasta on Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:36 pm

If anyone would like to try and make bone needles, here is a short manual.
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Re: Bone needles?

Postby Aislinn on Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:19 pm

Dave Mooney wrote:We bought brass pins (good but bend very easily- I reckon that's to be expected),
Good to know I'm not the only one. I bought some brass needles a few years ago - the one I use most has a distinct curve.
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Re: Bone needles?

Postby the_power on Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:55 pm

Jaysus. I've sewn up ten or twenty helmets with my brass needles. I have a mini-anvil and a leather hammer that I use to beat them back straight after each line...I always picture the Classical Greeks standing on their bronze swords to straighten them after each clash...

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Re: Bone needles?

Postby Ronseal on Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:52 pm

I've read in several books, well for viking sewing at least bone needles were used but also iron or steel needles were used too. The metal needles could be made small eough indeed, constructed from two pins welded together then the eye filed down to smooth out the rough points around the welded sections so the needle could pass through the material more easily and not tear or damage it too much. Bone needles are better for wool, their tips are blunter so they nudge their way around and through existing gaps in the threads that comprise the wool.
In all I do cheat and use modern blunt steel needles for making wool garments but its easier and there is less strain and damage to the garment when the seam is completed. If using bone needles for a living history display, dont use it on fine woven wool or thick heavy/ rough herringbone, but a looser woven wool, its easier for you and at least if you make a balls of it you wont be as fussed with cheaper material, than with good fine wool.
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Re: Bone needles?

Postby panda on Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:44 am

Just a note on preparing the bone. Boiling the bones to clean them can weaken them. Yer better off finding your nearest anthill and letting them clean it out. No better way to remove all of the meat and marrow from it. :)
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Re: Bone needles?

Postby noodle on Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:37 am

panda wrote:Just a note on preparing the bone. Boiling the bones to clean them can weaken them. Yer better off finding your nearest anthill and letting them clean it out. No better way to remove all of the meat and marrow from it. :)


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Re: Bone needles?

Postby panda on Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:51 am

noodle wrote:
panda wrote:Just a note on preparing the bone. Boiling the bones to clean them can weaken them. Yer better off finding your nearest anthill and letting them clean it out. No better way to remove all of the meat and marrow from it. :)


Disputed. My brother could probably give the ants a run for their money.

Even the marrow? Does he have an anteaters tounge or something?
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Re: Bone needles?

Postby noodle on Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:05 pm

panda wrote:
noodle wrote:
panda wrote:Just a note on preparing the bone. Boiling the bones to clean them can weaken them. Yer better off finding your nearest anthill and letting them clean it out. No better way to remove all of the meat and marrow from it. :)


Disputed. My brother could probably give the ants a run for their money.

Even the marrow? Does he have an anteaters tounge or something?


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