torsdag den 17. juli 2014

Variationer over konehuer / different "Birgittas caps"

Ever since I made the first "konehue" (married woman's cap) I've been fascinated by its shape and functionality. At the Medieval Centre we have now made guide a lot of "konehuer" for the volunteers, and quite a few of the volunteers have made caps themselves.
Here are some variations, made in different materials: flax, silk and wool. Why not? All there materials are used for veils. And the woolen one is great in cold weather!
My first cap, in corse linen, with a gold brocade band instead of embroidery in the middle and a binding band in handwoven linen

Same cap, seen from the side 
Copy of the original Birgittas cap, with armenian embroidery in the middle. Binding band is made of handwoven linen, though, not a sewed strip of linen as the original
Cap in fine silk, with the armenian embroidery in linen thread. Finger loop braid as binding band 
Same, seen from the side 
Cap made of thin wool
Same, seen from the side

fredag den 2. maj 2014

Syede vanter - sewn mittens

Artikel i Middelaldercentrets nyhedsblad 2014 om syede vanter fra middelalderen. Altså vanter syet af stof, ikke lædervanter, eller nålebundne vanter. Se side 21-28
Article about medieval mittens made of woolen cloth. It is in danish, but I will translate it to english later. See page 21-28

tirsdag den 27. august 2013

1460/70 dress

Normally not the period we make clothings for, but this year we made the jew Ebreesch (from Talhoffer) for our new Medieval Technology Park, and then we're taking part in the 25th anniversary of Company of Saynt George in France and needed clothes for a dinner. I fell for this nice dress pictured by Memling, and made a similar for myself. The dress is in soft wool, in a dark pink color. More pictures will be added.

søndag den 31. marts 2013

Sewn mittens

Funny how things sometimes pop up when you start looking for them, Take medieval mittens, there are a quite a few in needle binding technique, but they also made them in cloth.
The very interesting graves from Uvdal, Norway has a least two pair of mittens, both made of woolen cloth dyed red with madder. One pair is on a young woman, the other on a child. See Vedeler, Marianne; Klær og formspråk i norsk middelalder. Oslo 2007. Unfortunately the author does not describe the pattern.
Another find is from Lodöse, Sweeden. wool, twill weave with stribes. Here you can guess the pattern from the picture of the mitten. I have not not yet found out if it's published somewhere? Åsa Martinsson - - has made a  replica of it.
At the Medieval Centre, Jette Mygind made her attempt of a possible pattern and I made a pair of mittens in red wool twill. They work nicely in the cold danish spring weather.
The original mitten from Lödöse, Sweeden
A possible pattern (in white), lower left: the right mitten, lower right: the left mitten inside-out. 

torsdag den 21. marts 2013

Playfull reconstructions

St Ursula and some of her vergin companions. Hours of Bertrando dei Rossi or Giangaleazzo. Lombardy. Now in Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale. Around 1400. And a playful reconstruction made in the Medieval Centers medieval inn The Golden Swan, with the merchants wife's dresses and some beautiful young ladies. More reconstruction pictures to come.
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lørdag den 29. december 2012

Kilder på rammer til brikvævning

En frivillig på Middelaldercentret har spurgt til kilder på rammer til brikvævning, altså et stativ.
Jeg har i al hast smidt en række billeder på, fra 13- og 1400-tallet, men der er utvivlsomt flere illustrationer

fredag den 12. oktober 2012

Breast supporting shift

A follow up on the women's underwear. See
Well, of course it depends on the breasts, but - this model is not all that supportive. Still, better than nothing.
I suppose, that as long as you don't cut or sew the upper part into shape, it will support a bit because of the seam and band under the breasts, but it also flattens.
Well. here in 1402, soon 1403 we'll have to make content with what we have.
Ca. 1400
Das Braunschweiger Skizzenbuch, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Kupferstichkabinett, Braunschweig. c. 1380-1420.