This is the last one for a while. It's aimed at people who need to write documentation for SCA arts and sciences events.
Finally got around to uploading my latest handout. It's on non-counted blackwork. Quite a few original patterns taken from period sources in it. I may modify this at some stage, but that might never happen so best to upload it now just in case!
This is the banner mounted onto the frame. I made the frame from some timber and wing nuts. As its for silk, it didn't need to be super strong.
The silk is held in place by some very nasty looking claws/prongs. Then elastic bands hold the banner to the frame. They give a good even tension around the whole thing.
Got a reply from the V&A about this item.
2nd half of 15th century
Silk, linen, gilt membrane tissue.
1/2 twill, 1 binding, 2 pattern warps, 4 pattern wefts.
Warps: bindings: silk, red; pattern: linen, undyed.
Wefts: silk, red, green, white, blue; gilt membrane on a linen core.
Museum no: 845-1899
Does this mean it's woven and not embroidered? Anyone who's been to the V&A know?
The party at work requires a hat for entrance. So I went with a "Spring" theme to fit in with the Spring Racing Carnival.
I went mad with my Sizzix machine and some felt I had on hand. Best thing is that all the bits can be removed as the only thing holding them on is static electricity!
This is the Elizabethan bed hanging I am working on. There will be a large heraldic motif placed in the centre and a number of smaller floral, fauna and insect motifs scattered around the background of the hanging.I had a plan to finish outlining all the slips, but I had an attack of apathy on the weekend, so the yellow one still requires one more round of couching. But it may provide a good comparison of what a difference an extra round makes.
Looks like the V & A might be doing some work on the Tristan Quilt. Whatever the reason, some really great close up shots are available at their Flickr site - Medieval and Renaissance - V & A's Photos.This is the Tristan Quilt held in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The quilt dates from around c.1400. Details can be seen on the website. The museum number is 1391-1904.