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A searchable catalog of surviving garments of Europe and the Mediterranean area from the dawn of time through approximately 1500.
This is partly for my own amusement and partly a more transportable way of illustrating the surviving garments research. I've been creating dolls dressed in reproductions of some of the clothing I've been studying. Some day I may have a selection available for sale.
My notebooks and extensive analysis of a museum exhibition of material from the Tarim Basin in China.
Source materials for the research of clothing in medieval Wales. This isn't the full text of my pamphlet by this title, but only a presentation of the underlying raw materials.
A link to one of my various FAQs for medieval Welsh re-enactors focusing on clothing and textile topics.
A stylistic survey of garments that are basically geometric in design.
From a class tracing the steps from the initial observation through data collection and analysis to experimental reconstruction.
An article originally published in Tournaments Illuminated concerning a 13th c. French alb associated with King/Saint Louis. This version of the article has annotations based on other people's observations that add even more angles.
A detailed comparison of the relative proportion of a wide range of tunics and albs from the 11-15th centuries in order to try to answer the question, "If the tunic attributed to St. Louis was actually his, how tall was he?" In addition to a lot of numbers-geeking, I step through the methodology of my analysis in excessive detail.
These are the handouts from a series of workshops I've taught on medieval shoe designs that require nothing more complex than summer camp-level leatherworking skills. They are intended to help "lower the bar" to wearing authentic shoes with one's medieval clothing, although they come primarily from the Migration Era and early Medieval period.
Sometimes erroneously presented as "Celtic" shoes, these are taken from Iron Age finds of northern Germany.
A style found throughout northern Europe over a fairly broad subset of the first millennium CE.
An Iron Age style found in several locations in northern Europe.
A survey of functional sewing from various archaeological reports and analyses. The article spans the Bronze Age through the Renaissance, with somewhat uneven coverage. Diagrams of the stitches.
A survey of the embroidered fragments, their historic and artistic context, and color-coded pattern charts for the embroiderer.
A survey of surviving embroideries from Egypt dating roughly to the pre-Islamic period (although a few later pieces are included). Some charted patterns are included.
Counted-thread, double running stitch embroidery from medieval Egypt (primarily the 13-14th century). This includes a beginner's step-by-step how-to section as well as half a dozen charted patterns.
An article originally written for the West Kingdom (SCA) Needleworkers' Guild newsletter. This version of the article has color figures.
An examination of the evidence for embroidery on clothing (as opposed to furnishings) in the first millennium.
This is a reference I've put together for my own use that I thought might be more generally useful. A glossary of the terms for various embroidery stitches in several languages, including an illustration of the stitch.
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