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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