Friday, August 15, 2008

Finally, the right type of linen :-)

I'm so happy! I've been searching for the right type of linen for the whitework tablecloth for almost a year, and finally I got it today :-)

I ordered it from , and it's this type. As a basis for a whitework tablecloth, it's important that the linen has a thread count of about 18-20 threads per cm, so it's possible to do both counted stitches and "free" stitches. The cloth I ordered has about 19 threads per cm. For those of you who live in the Netherlands: this shop is incredibly cheap compared to Dutch shops. In the Netherlands, people will usually ask about 35 euro per meter for high quality linen, and only this costed 11 euro per meter. Do take a look at their wool too, they sent me some samples of it and it looks beautiful. I will use linen embroidery thread from the Mulberry Dyer.

It's strange that you can't find these materials in the Netherlands....

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The cap of St. Birgitta: reconstructions

I have written before about the article on St. Birgitta's cap Camilla Luise Dahl and I wrote for Medieval Clothing and Textiles v. 4 (Ed. Robin Netherton & Gale R. Owen-Crocker).

It is so lovely to see people are using it to make their own versions of the coif:

Above: reconstruction done by Joanna L. from Finland. Read all about it here.
I love this reconstruction because she did all the embroidery in whitework and interlaced herringbone stitch as it was found on the original.
Viktoria Holmqvist also dit a wonderfull job on her reconstruction of the cap. She used a simpler version of the herringbone stitch on her cap. You can read her blogpost about it here.
Here you can find another reconstruction of the cap (text in Finnish), and yet another one here.

Monday, August 11, 2008

A paper on frilled head- and neckwear

This is a very interesting paper on the frilled head- and neckwear from the Monasterio Real de las Huelgas, Burgos, Spain, 12-14th century. It's got very clear color pictures and detailed descriptions of the textile analyses. The paper is in English

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