inspiration: the Lutrell Psalter

It amazes me that a lot of readers check in here every day even when I haven’t updated in forever. Thank you for that!

Sweet Elina at Neulakko posted a YouTube-clip a while back and I thought I’d show it here for those of you that haven’t seen it.

It’s the Lincolnshire based group WAG Screen that has been working hard with a film that reenact scenes from the Lutrell Psalter. The film really is worth watching with beautiful scenery, wonderful music and lots of inspiration for recreating the early 14th century.

Wag Screen has also made several behind the scene clips, make sure you check out their YouTube channel.

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Silk Garters

I’ve finally assembled the documentation for the silk garters with pictures and uploaded it on the weaving page (scroll down below the picture).

Biorn wearing his new silk garters.
Biorn wearing his new silk garters.

I’m very pleased with the result. Biorn wore them at the University last weekend and they work well despite my consern for the lack of stretch in the weave.

The garters looked very spiffy and I’m starting to think about weaving more from that pattern. Probably won’t happen thought since it was a real pain in the §ss to keep the warp with an even tension. I have some thoughts about using weights to keep the tension even, like in a warp-weighted loom. We’ll see – it’s not like I haven’t got a million other projects… 😉

The checkered pattern of the tablet woven band.
The checkered pattern of the tablet woven band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The length of the garters is 60 cm.
The length of the garters is 60 cm.

Brown hosen

I finished my hosen a while back but has been to lazy to take some photos…ahem. Anyway!

They are made from a brown twill wool and handsewn with waxed unbleached linen thread. I’ve draped the pattern on my foot and leg. The foot construction is based on a reconstruction in Textiles and Clothing (p 189 fig 168). They are meant to be worn with garters.

14th century wool hosen.
14th century wool hosen.

For a first try I’m pretty pleased with them. There are to much bunching on the upper side of the ankle that I need to adjust before I make the next pair. I don’t feel the seems under the foot when I walk around so that’s a good thing.

I plan to write a some sort of instruction/documentation as soon as I get the pattern back. (I lent it to Elsa 🙂

Remote fitting

I really like the design of the fitted dress from the late 14th century. It’s a fitted self supportive dress that gives just the right silhouette. The technique is a lot about draping and although I’ve made a few for some of the women in the shire I’ve always had a bit of a struggle to make them for myself.

Now, thanks to the wonderful Mistress Mathilde (www.mathildegirlgenius.com) I’m getting a pattern just for me. She’s working on perfecting the art of fitting by measurements only. I’m in total ave of her ability and I’m really looking forward to see how the pattern works. Lia (http://liadethornegge.livejournal.com/) has already received her pattern and the mock-up looks great!

This is really inspiring me to get started on my projects again – a smocked apron is number one on that list!

Cristina and Biorn at Double Wars 2006
Cristina and Biorn at Double Wars 2006

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