Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Finished: Swedish frilled veil

Finally I got round to finishing this project (I started it in the fall of 2008, oh shame on me): Maria's Swedish frilled veil is ready to wear! Bertus will take it with him to Morimondo (an event in Northern Italy) this weekend to hand it over to her! You can see the progress in these posts:
1. The sculpture from which the inspiration for this veil was taken;
2. A sketch of the pattern I used;
3. The sewn veil without starched edges.

I (with the assistance of mister Bertus himself) have been cutting and sanding wooden setting sticks and applying the starch to the frilled edge.

Starching a frilled veil is fairly easy.

  1. You need a clean surface that is large enough for the size of your veil to work on;
  2. Take your dry starch and prepare for use according to the instructions on the package;
  3. Apply the starch to the veil by dipping it in the starch bath completely (you can also choose to only starch the edge);
  4. Put the wet veil on the clean surface and put in the setting sticks in the openings of the frilled edge before the starch dries out;
  5. When you're finished putting in the setting sticks, flip over the frilled edge and make sure everything looks fine on the down side of the frill as well, then flip back;
  6. Let dry over night;
  7. In the morning you can iron the veil and the frilled edge with the sticks still inside. Heat setting of frilled veils is not documented for medieval times, but it was used to starch/stiffen from the 16th century onwards. It does help to keep your veil in shape longer, which can be very welcome at events.
That's all!

I hope you enjoy your veil Maria!

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