Thursday, April 29

Northern German frilled veil Part I


A selection of Northern German frilled veils for Maria.

1. Lemgo, Candelier with female bust, shortly before 1400
2. Lemgo, Effigy of Otto zur Lippe and Ermgard von der Mark, late 14th century (a nearly identical one can be found in Mariënfeld)
3. Hamburg, Meister Bertram vom Minden, Der Buxtehuder Altar, ca. 1400
4. Hirschhorn, Effigy of Margarethe von Erbach, ca. 1383
5. Hamburg, Meister Bertram vom Minden, Der Buxtehuder Altar, ca. 1400
6. Master of the Golden Panel, Golden Panel from Lüneburg, ca. 1431-1435
7. Conrad von Soest, Niederwildungen Altarpiece, 1403
8. Conrad von Soest, Niederwildungen Altarpiece, 1403
9. Hamburg, 1379

Peter also posted some images on his blog here and here.

There is one dominant style in this region: the frilled veil with thick frilled edges both surrounding the face and hanging on the shoulders. (fig. 1-4, 6, 8-9)

Another, seemingly less popular among the depicted nobility and saints, and maybe more common among ordinary women (it's a much less elaborate style), is a veil that it frilled at the edge that is worn around the face, and at some occasions has frilles all around. It is worn loosely over the head in a more casual way than the first style. Sometimes the frills are on the thick side, but mostly there is only one layer of frills (fig. 5 & 7)

So, Maria, make your choice!

Tuesday, April 27

Turk's knot tutorial

Just a quick post to tell you about a very nice "animated" tutorial about making turk's knots:

http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/ManitobaCrafts/content/macrame/turkshead.html

I'm still trying to make good knots, that's how I found this. Knots like these were used to embellish pouches, such as this one

Wish me luck :-)

Wednesday, April 7

Embroidery for a friend

Lea from Deventer Burgerscap made my daughter a beautiful hand-dyed (!), hand-sewn (!) liripipe. Her head will never be cold :-) As a thank you gift, I made her this embroidery. It's going to be a purse, of course! I used different silks from my stash: Madeira silk, Au ver a soie (my personal favorite) and Devere Yarns. The pattern, 14th century German brick stitch, is taken from the wonderful collection by Wymarc.

I'm thinking about a light blue and purple braid to finish the seams. Lea, what do you think?