Recreating the Cambridge Diamonds with woad dyed linen and learning to weave cloth on a floor loom
I didn’t make any medieval clothing for most of 2020 since there were no in-person events to wear it to. But that all changed in February 2021, when I spotted an orange silk taffeta with gold brocade stripes in one of my favourite online fabric stores. Herein I tell the tale of the mantle and bliaut that I made from some very colorful silk taffeta.
Working with fibre is like learning music: you can be taught the mechanics, but no-one can teach you the soul. I have gone down many rabbit holes and learning to weave cloth for Aspasia in 1490 Firenze is the focus of this presentation.
A foray into the world of period banner making.
Armenian needle lace is reputed as having the oldest history of pure lace.
A selection of 12th century women’s garments including bliauts, a chemise, and other styles of dresses.
A sample of wool cloth based on an extant textile excavated from Baynard’s Castle.
Embroidery in silk based on extant finds in the eras around the Song Dynasty.