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.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Greetings from fair Northshield.

Merouda Pendray sends greetings unto those who shall receive these letters patent.

First, I took a quick picture of my favorite showing of the stockings for Elisande:

The picture: Jezebel being devoured by dogs from the History Bible of Evert van Soudenbalch, Utrecht, c. 1460.

The colors are close, but if you pay attention, you'll note the stockings are a carnation color and the flesh tone is... well.. flesh tone.

As for what I should like to sew....

I have always had the desire to do a skin out outfit by hand, but I doubt that I shall be able to do so in space of a year, unless I choose to give up all other projects. That is not going to happen.

I do hope to get a linen dress done, but I will be starting with a woman's cap, based on the research presented here. One of my most loved (and least flattering, alas!) outfits is a 13th c. dress/underdress set given to me by my apprentice, and, while I am a big proponant of proper headgear, I have never liked the 13th c. veil with the set. I prefer the dress of the late 15th and early to mid 16th c., and this cap will do well to serve the clothing of my era and yet complement the clothing gifted to me. :-)


brooke said...

thank you for the picture. It is indeed a very good and useful one. Now I only have to get started on the second one of the pair, sigh. Have fun with the cap.

Annora said...

I have actually made that headwrap, and will be wearing it at WW if you will be there and would like a closer look. I had to remake it after the one I had got stained terrible at Griffin's Needle last year.

There are a ton of wonderful images of that style of headcovering in the Maciejowski Bible, and if you want more I have pulled a bunch out and saved them. I would be happy to pass some onto you.

If you want help on this particular project, feel free to email me at reldnips @

I find it particularly comfortable to wear and not difficult at all to create.

Gottfried said...

It is grate to see that you have made the extra effort to get good documentation.