Thursday, February 01, 2007

14th century drawstring purse

This is the first of 2 or 3 (?) purses I'm going to make for next season's medieval fairs. I forgot how much time it takes to finish a purse after the embroidery is done: embroidered braids, tassels, drawstrings... But I really like to combine different techniques, so maybe that's why I like purses so much.


Woodcrafter said...

Wow, very nice purse. I have two questions. How do you tablet weave the seam? I can only envision taking the first couple of thread with the needle and having it all pull out. Secondly, were purses ever embroidered using thread other than silk?

Machteld said...

Dear woodcrafter, thanks for your comments!

My reply was becoming so extensive, that I'm going to write a new post about it. Just for now:
1. It's not tablet weaving, it's an embroidered braid
2. I think it's possible, but not too common.
I'll give some more explanations, details, references in a next post.

Machteld said...

One last comment before my break.. I'm such a nerd/geek, I just had to look it up :-)

Yes, the combination of white linen and coloured silks was quite often used in this type of geometrical embroidery patterns. See for example the descriptions of the embroidery threads used in these sources:

Schuette, M., Müller-Christensen. S. (1963), Das Stickereiwerk, Tübingen: Wasmuth, p 110

Schmedding, B. (1978), Mittelalterliche Textilien in Kirchen und Klöstern der Schweiz, Bern: Abegg-Stiftung, p 231

Now I really have to get back to work..:-)

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