Monday, January 29
Sunday, January 28
This is my first attempt to make a tassel with a gimp thread turkish head knot. I used cotton gimp thread by Textere and DMC cotton floss.
I tried to make a knot with four parallel strands of gimp thread, and it really felt like wrestling. It's difficult to keep the strands parallel and I had to "fumble" so much that the white core started to appear through the red cotton... It's amazing that people were able to make this type of knots with up to six parallel strands!
Dom, Wetzlar (Germany), late 14th century
Here is one of my previous posts about my own research and experiments.
Saturday, January 27
Friday, January 19
Sunday, January 14
These are the tassels I made for Joris. I used Aurora fine 2 ply spun silk, and it is so much better for making tassels than Devere 1200 dernier filament silk! I did the yellow embroidery with Devere 1200 dernier silk, though, because it's more shiny. These tassels have a linen core, just as the tassels in the previous post.
Saturday, January 13
This is a page from my sketchbook. I tried to draw a "how to" for tassels with turkish head knots, based on a mid 14th century alms purse in the Musee de Cluny. The museum has got two purses that probably belonged to the countess of Bar. One purse is featured on the website of the museum. The other purse is of the same style, and has got five tassels with turkish head knots. I could study the tassels in detail.
The turkish head knots were made with five parallel strands of gold thread (so the knots were not green, as in my picture :-) . Most of the gold foil had worn off. The turkish head knot from one of the tassels was missing. This detail showed how the tassel's silk strands were first tied together (with a blue/grey ribbon) and then covered with some kind of roll of linen fabric. I think the turkish head knot must have been tied over this linen core.