Introduction to the Challenge

This challenge is specifically set towards those that have not had the opportunity to sew a garment/object by hand. This challenge is NOT a competion, merely a place for new handsewers to document their progress and seek feedback and help, and to challenge themselves. Sewers that are experienced in hand stitching items will not be excluded, but this is meant as a chance for those with no experience in this realm to get a start.The Challenge I propose is that all persons joining the challenge pick a garment or object of textile nature, no matter how small or large, i.e. a pilgrim bag, a Coif or any type of hat, socks, flag, gloves etc., and have at least one form of documentation for its existence during the SCA time period. Acceptable forms of documentation for this project will be paintings/woodcuts/drawings with the desired object in it or a picture of the desired object.The challenge starts first of June and will end one year later. People can join the challenge at any time during this year. Those of you with handsewing experience are invited to follow the blog, and leave comments and feedback as the challenge progresses. The challenge is based in Drachenwald, but is open to all kingdoms.
If you would like to join the challenge (and the blog) please email me at gottfriedkilianus@yahoo.com to be added!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Elisande's Project


My name is Elisande Walters form the shire of Drei Eichen in the fair Kingdom of Drachenwald. Anya was kind enough to let me use her computer today, so I am posting from that IP adress. I have been sewing for a long time but only recently started to do more than just a few stitches by hand. I am as new to handsewing as I am experienced in using all kinds of machine (I even used a hand driven one for a while at my grandma's).I have never ever sewn a complete piece by hand.
I will participate in this challenge by sewing myself a pair of socks. Well, not really socks, but actual short hosen as we think women wore bac then. The picture shows a pair of silk red hosen, which I will try to duplicate as well as my skill allows me.
The picture is a photograph depicting an exhibit at the Palacio real de Madrid. The picture is taken out of the catalog:
"Hose of Rodrigo Ximenez de Rada, 1247 AD, red silk. Source: Vestiduras Ricas: El Monasterio de las Huelgas Y Su Epoca 1170-1340. Exhibition at the Palacio Real de Madrid, June 2005. Patrimonio Nacional."
The hosen were apparently in the possession of on *Rodrigo Ximenez*. A man. I am not sugesting he was a cross dresser but there is no evidence suggesting that women's hosen were cut any differently and I will keep looking for *women's* underwear. I liked that these were not just a *depiction but a photograph of the real thing.

8 comments:

Merouda said...

Greetings!Are yu looking for extant women's stockings, or are you looking for both existing hosen and pictures of women wearing hosen? Most medieval art does not reveal the needed amount of leg for comparison, but you may have already collected up sufficient pictures for your need.

Anya said...

Hey, have you decided what you're going to do for garters yet?

brooke said...

i haven't decided on garters yet, and I have been looking for women wearing stockings/hosen. So far I have drawn a blank. Often the color doesn't really tell you if it is skin or flesh (book of hours of du Berry, e.g.) and then pictures of women revealing their legs are not that common to begin with. Sigh

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Anya said...

I checked the IMAREAL link without much luck. I've got photos of a find of 6-9th century women's hose found on the Silk Road near the Black Sea if you're interested,or is that too early a time period?

Anya said...

These might help you:
http://historymedren.about.com/od/booksofhours/ig/Tr-s-Riches-Heures/February---Tr-s-Riches-Heures.htm

http://www.greydragon.org/library/underwear1.html

Anya said...

http://www.medievaltymes.com/courtyard/images/maciejowski/leaf18/otm18ra.gif

http://vieuxchamps.com/persona/mgarb.php

Anya said...

http://vieuxchamps.com/persona/wgarbu.php