Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Embroidered border for my Birgitta Cap

Yes, I wanted a Birgitta cap too :-) I just finished the embroidered band that ties the cap together, and I hope I will finish it before the HOME Textile Fair in Eindhoven this weekend... Isis wrote a post about this cap and a paper:

Dahl, C.L. & I. Sturtewagen
, 2008, The Cap of St. Birgitta, Medieval Clothing and Textiles vol. IV, pp. 99-129


Unknown said...

I said "oh wow" when I saw this, and read Isis' paper.

Could you possibly tell me of where I could find more information on historical borders? I want one for my 16th + stumpwork 2 foot long sampler....I've looked at lots of pictures of the borders used in extant pieces and been amazed at how complex they were.

Given I've already invested 18 months in the project and only half way through, I don't want anything too complicated- but I do want something that I sew myself and fits the period.

I've been keeping an eye out for a year or so, but haven't found anything, except modern borders that I could interpret 'backwards' to fit the period.

Greatly appreciated. :-)

Machteld said...

Megan, sorry, I'm afraid I can't help you. For me, this is the only border I know for clothing. I've been looking at 14th century whitework borders for tablecloths. You can see one in the previous post (about the unicorn embroidery). It's done in linen brickstitch. Another type of border that was frequently used in 14th c. whitework is done in interlacing stitch, like I did here: But, I don't know if these were used in the 16th century... Good luck with the sampler!!!

Unknown said...

That is beautiful! I have been making mostly plain caps, or doing the insertion embroidery (which is a pain), but I haven't done the embroidered border. Thank you for posting.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the input Machteld :-), Yeah, a bit early for me.

Etaoin said...

A heads up--My Norton antivirus detected a malicious attack by your blog site when I clicked from Katafalk's FaceBook post. You might want to check it out. Norton says it is trying to attack the Chrome web browser I'm using. No harm done here.

Isis said...

thanks for letting me know! i however have no idea how to fix this and how it is even possible. my blog is hosted by blogger, and i certainly didn't put a virus on it myself :)
any advice would be most welcome!

Unknown said...

I am trying to do this particular embroidery, but I do not have access to the Medieval Clothing and Textiles vol. IV book, and I seem unable to find this stitch on the internet. Where might I find pictorial instructions on embroidering that stitch?

Isis said...

Hi Star Kaat, Thanks for your inquiry! The stitches on the original are diagonal stitches, then take up a few threads straight up and then diagonal in the other direction, like \_/ Then repeat the next row in the opposite direction. As far as I know this stitch does not have a modern name. I have not yet encountered it anywhere else but on the Birgitta Cap.
I'd be happy to do a tutorial on the blog, but I don't have time to do it presto :-) Here you can see some images from Elisabeth Besancon on how she did her embroidered edge:

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