Reading: Medieval Clothing and Textiles 4

Bought it at Double Wars and is currently devouring the chapter about the cap of St. Birgitta. Very interesting. I’ve read what Isis (one of the co-authors) has published on her blog but that was of course just bits and pieces.

A bunch of other people have recreated this cap, a few of them are:
Viktoria Holmqvist – Arachane´s blog
Åsa Martinsson at – Textilverkstad (in swedish), read the pdf here.
Piia Lempiainen – Pistoksissa (in finnish, english version here)

Yesterday I visited Nicole (our shire’s newest member) and helped her out with some pattern making. She has also made a first draft for a St Birgitta cap! It’s really inspiring to get new productive members to the society. Now I really need to finish the chapter so that I can start making my own cap.

Contents of book:

1. From Flax to Linen in the Medieval Rus Lands
Heidi M. Sherman
2. “Melius abundare Quam Deficere”: Scarlet Clothing in Laxdaela Saga and Njals Saga
Anna Zanchi
3. The Wandering Wimple
Lucia Sinsi
4. From Head to Hand to Arm: The Lexicological History of “Cuff”
Mark Chambers & Gale R. Owen-Crocker
5. Visual Textiles: A Study of Appearance and Visual Impression in Archaeological Textiles
Lena Hammarlund, Heini Kirjavainen, Kathrine Vestergard Pedersen & Marianne Vedeler
6. The Cap of St. Birgitta
Camilla Luise Dahl & Isis Sturtewagen
7. The View from Herjolfsnes: Greenland’s Translation of the European Fitted Fashion
Robin Netherton
8. The Art of the Exotic: Robinet Testards Turbans and Turban-like Coiffure
John B Friedman
9. “The Same Counterpoincte Beinge Olde and Worene”: The Mystery of Henry VIII’s Green Quilt
Lisa Evans
10. Recent Books of Interest
11. Index

8 thoughts on “Reading: Medieval Clothing and Textiles 4

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  1. Thank you, I haven’t seen this before.
    Everyone: please leave recommendations about other re-creations of the cap.

  2. I love this books and I am very happy to own 1-5 – I think they are worth their money 🙂

    I also thought about making one therefore many thanks for the links – seems like this cap is a rather common project at the moment… (or since book 4 was published) – I am very looking forward to buy book 6… 🙂

  3. I just purchased Medieval Clothing and Textiles 6, which has some very interesting articles on early Latvian costume and embroidery repairs on parchment manuscripts. Nothing to do with St. Birgitta’s cap–but it’s an interesting volume all the same.

  4. I’ve looked through MCaT 6 and the articel on embroidery repairs on parchment manuscripts was very interesting. All scribes should makes sure their parchment has holes in it so that they can do some embroidery on it! 🙂

  5. Thanks for the link Karen!
    And thank you for the rest of your excellent website, I’ve spent a lot of time there. 🙂

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