Monday, November 27, 2006

Medieval silkwork: ca 1320 tassels

Isis discussed the technical details of some tassels in earlier posts, e.g. Medieval silkwork: Tassels: second half of the 14th century, Medieval silkwork: Late 15th century tassel. I found two Swiss circa 1320 purses with tassels that are made using yet another technique. I examined both purses and it seems that the tassels were made by wrapping a silk thread around the head and fastening it with gold thread. Pictures of the purses can be found in the Webcollection of the Landesmuseum in Zurich. Search for 'beutel' or LM 1825 a and LM 1825 b.

Here are two pictures of my copy of those tassels

Friday, November 24, 2006

WiP: Tongeren purse 23

I really like one of the purses described in the book Tongeren, textiel..., Ceulemans 1988. Purse 23 is a small purse (8*10 cm) made of blue silk with embroidered golden leafs, dated roughly 13th-14th century.

After six or seven attempts, I think I finally managed to make a leaf that looks like the original, more or less. It took me 3 hours to finish the first leaf, so it's going to take some time before the purse is finished :-)

The technique used is called 'couched work'. You can find a description of it on the Historical Needlework Resources website.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Frilled headwear again

I'm working on a new experiment (the last one I have to do before I can finish my article). I've only completed three layers so far, but there are going to be twelve in total. I like the three layers actually. They look like this one in Ulm (Germany):

I might be going to make myself a frilled veil with three layers soon. I would so like to have one!

An official description of the Kruseler Project can be found here.

Medieval tablecloths

Two years ago, I saw a picture of a piece of embroidery with a very cute 'grumpy' griffin. I found out that it was part of a 14th century Swiss white linen tablecloth from Feldbach. I'd like to know more about how it is done, and maybe try to recreate the style.

I found an on line paper on tablecloths 13th-20th century. No matter how remote or obscure the topic, there is always someone who writes about it... I'm always amazed by that :-)

Das Tafeltuch vom 13. zum 20. Jahrhundert, Anne Wanner-JeanRichard

The paper includes a picture of the Feldbach tablecloth and other medieval tablecloths. There is more interesting information about embroidery on this website as well, some of it in English and some in German!

Hand dyed silk embroidery yarns

Just a short notice: I found out that this shop just recently started selling handdyed filament silk embroidery yarns! At the moment they only have three colours, but I suspect they will have more soon!

And then of course I want to welcome Machteld! She makes the most stunning embroidery as you could already see in her first post!
She started doing medieval embroidery only a short while before me, and it was thanks to her I got so hooked up with it eventually.

I'm really enjoying the thought of writing this blog togehter!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Let me introduce myself: a new blogger

Isis invited me to share this blog, so let me introduce myself. My name is Machteld and I'm interested in medieval textile arts, embroidery and literature. I'm especially interested in:

-all kinds of embroidery techniques
-techniques for transferring an embroidery design on to fabric
-medieval literature as a source of information about embroidery and the use of embroidered objects in every day life (e.g. purses and clothing)

This is some of my work. The dress isn't finished yet, because I have to change the sleeves (they were too tight...)

The small purse is a copy from a fourteenth century German bag from the Victoria and Albert in London. Isis made the same purse, using different colours.

The big purse is a copy from a Swiss 1320 purse, which is on display in the Landesmuseum in Zurich. I still have to make a drawstring for it.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Green dress

Me, in late 14th century dress. The dress is made out of very fine wool, woven with a twill pattern, and lined with off white fine linen. It's laced up at the front (at the moment I'm still using a cotton lace, but I'm about to order beautiful silk in two shades of green to make a matching lace). It has buttons around the wrist which are unbuttoned in this picture, so that's why you can see the lining there.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Kruseler Project

Yesterday I've been working on my article about late 14th century kruseler, and a possible construction method. The theoretical part of the article is almost finished, but I still need to write the part about my own experiments. I haven' tcompleted all experiments, so I'll need to do that first.

In the meanwhile, it's fun to read what other researchers involved in the Kruseler-project are doing: click here to see.

An official description of the Kruseler Project can be found here.

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