seams, pleats and patterns

I thought about the pattern of the rain cloak. On all of the pictures you can see vertical lines. Are they pleats? Are they the pattern of the fabric? Are they quilted?
I'm quite sure that the cloak was made of wool with no linen inside - if it is a rain coat, wool is the best to keep the water away.
Is it a half circle? A 3/4 circle?
I'm a bit confused because of the lines here: http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=1342714037&size=o and here: http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=1342715613&size=o If you look at the bad weather picture it looks like the pleats or lines are horizontal with the beginning of the "cap". So it must be a 3/4 cloak, because it has more fabric in front of the body. But at the good weather picture all the lines are vertical! Here: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c0/Frauen-Trachtenbuch_059.jpg they start vertically from the "cap" too and here: http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=1343635576&size=o you can't see that much.
How is the visor attached? Is rattan cane in it to keep it stiff? Wouldn't that be damaged if it is to much in the rain?
Questions over questions ....

Anna's alternative project 2 - rain coat

Some of you do already know this funky coat from Jost Amman: http://de.wikisource.org/wiki/Bild:Frauen-Trachtenbuch_059.jpg Recently I've found more about it: http://flickr.com/photos/avsfoto/tags/mecklenburg/ (the first three). It shows, that this kind of coat was worn at good weather too. I have no idea how to do it, but it looks nice. Maybe a 3/4-mantle with a kind of stiffened hood. Will have to check that.

Anna's alternative project 1 - Helgoländer

If the research on simple quilts doesn't turn out good, here would me my first alternative: http://flickr.com/photos/tags/helgolaender/ So far I do only have pictures from this hat from the 19th/20th century, but I guess that a kind of stiffened hat existed in the 16th century too, just look at the Mary Stuart headwear. STill looking for more material, though.

Racaire's intro

I think I also should write a short intro. I am living in the shire Ad Flumen Caerulum - in Austria, Vienna. Like Anya I am trying to finish my wallhanging - the wallhanging project will take some additional months because of its size and than I will be able to start a rather small project for this challenge. I am not a documentation freak but I will do my best to do the research for this project and Anya helps me a lot to succeed. I am a technique geek and I love to research embroidery techniques (I have to admit that I am a small perfectionist :) - till now I did some research for Refilsaum and soon I will start to make some research for the Klosterstich technique I use for my wallhanging).

Anya's intro

Well, I suppose I should write a short intro too, eh? I'm in the incipient shire of Heilig-Drei-König, which is in Cologne, Germany. I think it's great to see how many places we all come from! I'm really excited about this project (I'll be starting the actual embroidery bit in a few months once I either finish the wallhanging or it finishes me :-) ). I'm a documentation freak, so if anyone is looking for resources or images, just let me know, I have a scanner...time to put my billions of books to actual use, right :-) Just please, remind me often, and remind me loudly. I'm a teacher and the semester is just starting, so I'm a bit forgetful at the moment. Welcome to you all!


Taryn's possible project

Hi all! I'm Taryn from the shire of Silfren Mere in the Kingdom of Northshield. My thought is to try for a new sideless surcoat. The top will be fur and the skirt embroidered with cups and jewels from my personal device. I know I found pictures out on the web to support these elements, but do you think I can find them now?! I could have sworn I had them saved in my favorites, but I guess I should stop swearing because they're not there now. So it's back to the drawing board to find this stuff. Will keep you posted and looking forward to seeing what everybody else is working on!


for Anna's project

I had a look through all my books but I have only found one period example of a "Steppdecke" that could maybe useful for you:
copyright by the book: "Das Stickereiwerk"

"169 'Coperta Guicciardini', Steppdecke (Ausschnitt)
Sizilien gegen 1400
Florenz, Museo Nazionale (Palazzo Davanzati) und London, Victoria and Albert Museum (1391-1904)
205x256 cm und 310x270, Größe des Ausschnitts (Florenz) 105 x 75cm
Die jetzt zweigeteilte Decke zeigt in rechteckigen Feldern Szenen aus dem Leben Tristans. - Doppelte Leinwand. Die Zeichnung mit Steppstich ist in nun bräunlichen Leinenfäden genäht, Grund ausgefüllt mit dichten Reihen kleiner weißer Vorstiche.
Lit.: L. Morelli, Un trapunto trecentesco: Dedalo, Anno II 1921/22 S.70"



Quick introduction

Hello everyone, this is Cristina blogging from southern Nordmark. My project will be a wool bedspread done with intarsia. I just came back from a weekend in Stockholm where I visited the Museum of National Antiquities and got to look at their beautiful intarsia-work!

The bedspread will have two main functions; a new bedspread for our bed at home and something to cover the bed (and keep us warm) in the tent at Wisby Medieval Week (a 9-day long event in August which we visited for the 6th time this year!). This means the project needs to be finished well before August next year... better start with the research! :)

Racaire's project

Sorry I forgot to post something about my project - at the moment I am thinking about 3 possibilities - 1) an embroidered gugl, 2) to embroidery my blue woolen dress (cotehardie) or 3) to make and embroider a new cotehardie...
At the moment I am looking for period examples for embroidered gugls, or for period embroidery on cotehardies (thank you very much for your help Anya!) - only problem: I have to finish my wallhanging before I can start with the next project - therefore I think that I will start only a rather small project for this challenge to be able to finish this project in time

Anna's project

I would like to make a quilted bedcover as simple as possible. Right now I'm reading through the few sources which are to find in the internet and looking for books. Everything's open so far.