Saturday, November 19, 2011

18th C headdress

Blue velvet with an applied heavy gold metallic floral garland, the top of crown with flowerhead and long gold tassel, lined in muslin

Ivory satin having blue and green floral brocade with large silver metallic chevron ground, linen homespun

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


According to the tailoring methods of the 17th century, sleeves were cut in two pieces. This panel corresponds to the under sleeve of a woman’s jacket.

It is worked in an embroidery technique called blackwork, with a single colour of silk, usually black, but also sometimes blue, red or, greenn on linen. Blackwork was particularly popular for dress accessories such as handkerchiefs, coifs, caps, shirts and smocks.

This is a very accomplished example of 17th-century blackwork in the speckling style. The arrangement of tiny running stitches in black mimics the subtle shading of woodblock prints, giving a three-dimensional effect to the pattern. The design is also very skilful in its naturalism, particularly the insects depicted. Grasshoppers, dragonflies, butterflies, moths, caterpillars and beetles, along with a single spider’s web enliven the embroidery.

The effect of blackwork is cleverly achieved in this forehead cloth from about 1625-1650. Instead of using a single colour of silk thread on linen, two threads of mixed white linen and black silk thread are used. These are embroidered in satin stitch and give the effect of speckling found in blackwork.

The central motif, the Pelican in her Piety, was a motif taken from emblem books. These were a popular type of literature in the 16th and 17th centuries, which associated pictures and symbols with mottos and moral poems. The Pelican in her Piety relates to a myth about a pelican feeding her young from the blood of her breast when she could find no food for them. This myth and images of it were associated with Christianity from the 2nd century AD and they figure frequently in emblem books.

By the 1620s, the Pelican in her Piety appears in embroidery pattern books along with the other motifs - animals, insects, fish and human figures - seen on this forehead cloth. Given the lively and naive mixture of images in the design, it is hard to tell if the Pelican was chosen for its symbolism.


costumes are from kelly tailor auctions

Blackwork is a counted-thread embroidery worked in geometric designs with black silk on even-weave linen. Black isn't the only acceptable color for working these patterns (red or scarletwork was also popular).

The Elizabethans frequently called blackwork Spanysshe work, and it was traditionally believed that the craft had come into popularlity with the arrival of Catherine of Aragon at the English court. But in fact, there are references to black silk embroidery on body linen as far back as Chaucer.

Friday, June 10, 2011

regency inspiratie

Binnenkort wordt er een bal georganiseerd door ..Een bal zoals je ze zou zien in de jane austen tijd..
Helaas is er niemand uit de familie of vriendenkring die zich ziet rondparaderen in een mooie jurk..dus zal ik alleen moeten..
En ik ben een enorme held op sokken...boehoe..moet er nog een nachtje over slapen of ik zal gaan of niet..
Maar als er voor ga..wordt dit mijn inspiratie voor de jurk!!..mooi is hij he??

Thursday, June 9, 2011

ruti beri wedding dresses

oke..there not historical dresses, but i had to show them to you!!..these dresses are breathtaking!!