Wednesday, February 27, 2008

14th century silk hairnets

Beth posted two links to pictures of 14th century silk hairnets in the 75 years yahoo group:


Isis said...

oh yes, i know those :)
i have an article on them (from Heinemeyer in Historische Waffen- und Kostumkunde).

i want to make the one with the silk ribbons and parchment rosettes sometime :)

rika said...

Hello! I'm a hobbyist in medieval literature and cooking, and am trying to get my mind around some knitting and embroidery, both of which I've begun in modern fashion. I hope you don't mind if I begin to lurk--this is fascinating stuff and I'm so glad you've decided to put this on the internet.

Can you give me any introduction to medieval silkwork that I could read to perhaps begin my own project? I'm in love with the pouches and I've been looking at your choices for sources and materials. Is it just silk embroidery on counted linen fabric?

Thanks so much for your time! I'm really enjoying the back-entries:)

Machteld said...

Hi miss Rika, thanks for lurking!

I 'lurk' a lot too, and I think lurking/reading blogs is a bit like reading interesting magazines. You don't have to comment, just reading is ok too!

If you like the embroidered purses, I think Wymarc's embroidery page is a good place to start, He wrote some very clear tutorials. You can find it here:

Our own embroidery is silk on counted linen fabric.

Machteld said...

Isis, I remember you once talked about a silk hairnet with blue parchment flowers. It would be so nice to wear something like that!

rika said...

Thanks very much! I can't believe I hadn't come across his page before. Much obliged. I look forward to reading more:)

Michael said...

I don't know how I managed to miss your blog before this - wonderful stuff!

I put up a syndication of it on LiveJournal so I can read it there.

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