Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Work in progress...

I haven't been working very much on medieval handwork last days... So in the mean time, I will show you some work in progress... Above you can see an unfinished purse in burgundy silk with a linen lining. Instead of tassels it's got three tiny bells. You can see a 14th century purse with bells here and here and here and here. (They are really cute, don't you think?)

This weekend I will be on a medieval event in Nijmegen. I hope to be doing some embroidery there, and show some pics of it next week!

Sleep tight!

Friday, August 18, 2006


What a day! Alas it was less colourfull as the yarn on the picture beneath. I really have got the feeling I have done nothing. Well I did five things that were on my to-do-list, studied for an hour or so, went to the butcher and the backery, ate something, did the dishes, studied for one more hour, made one corsage, did a fingerloop braid for a purse, and then I guess I did nothing for a while because the first next thing I can remember is cooking dinner and eating it. The past hour I've been re-organising my computer a bit.
So ok, I did something, but it doesn't feel like it. It doesn't feel like a good productive day.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

What a mess!

I can't believe I can still work and live here. My table is full with unfinished and finished purses, balls of wool and other threads, finished corsages, bags with buttons, books, a piece of frilled veil, pencils, scissors, AND a computer.
It's a mess, that I really need to clean up.

But first someting on recent work I have been doing. Here is a picture of a purse I have been writing about some days ago.
It's a comission from a member of the Liebaart. I used his heraldic colours and coat of arms. The original (In the Sint Servatius Kerk in Maastricht) hasn't got a coat of arms on it and has got gold thread instead of yellow.
I have already made the tassels, but still need to do the gimp to cover the heads with.
And then I only need to put all the pieces together and do some fingerloopbraids.

I always keep forgetting about the silk I need to order for the gimp-cord. As I forget about lots of other things I need to do. I have just made a to-do list. I hope that helps.

Monday, August 14, 2006

To start with...

As I have to start somehow, I'll just start here...

About ten years ago, when I first started reading 'historical' children's books from writers such as Thea Beckman, Simone van der Vlugt and Paul Kustermans, I started to devolop my passion for late Medieval history. Five years later I first heard of Reenactment and Living History, and started looking anxiously for such a thing in Belgium. I found the living history group the Liebaart. Later I also joined another group: Die landen van Herwaerts Over. Now I am a first year archaeology student at Ghent University, Belgium.

I am completely fascinated by late medieval textile crafts (especially 14th cenury), such as dyeing, weaving, embroidering, tailoring, and so on. Apart from doing the required research, I especcially love to use my hands, and make reconstrcutions and interpretations.

On the picture above you can see the first embroidered purse I have made. It's loosely based on an original in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
I have also made much more simple purses like the one beneath. It was a gift for a friend's birthday.

At the moment I am working on some other embroidered purses based on patterns I found on originals in the Netherlands and Germany.
A few months ago I joined a research group looking into the history and reconstruction of women's frilled headwear. I am looking into late 14th century honeycomb headwear. I have done some experiments by now and am planning to make a full size honeycomb veil for myself as soon as I can.
On this blog I want to share some of my experiences with other textile -or other- freaks such as me.

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