Awls are used in sewing to force the weave of the fabric open to make an eyelet hole. Once the threads are spead open, stitches around the edge hold the hole open, forming an eyelet. Because the fabric is not cut, the eyelet is strong and resists ripping. A must have for every sewing kit, these beautiful awls are made of polished bone and are a pleasure to behold and use. Examples of awls, including bone, abound throughout the medieval period. Approximately 7.6 cm (3") long, this awl is made of bone (bovine). Due to the use of organic material and the handcrafted nature of this item the colour, size and design will vary slightly from piece to piece.
1000 - 1100 AD, 1100 - 1200 AD, 1200 - 1300 AD, 1300 - 1400 AD, 1400 - 1500 AD, 1500 - 1600 AD