[Ansteorra] need help documenting a cushion

L T ldeerslayer at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 18 18:56:05 PST 2007

The cloth might be damask, brocade or tapestry dependent upon the method used.  Jacquard is actually the loom type it was woven on...though is used commercially to describe lots of different fabrics woven on it without differentiation. 

Start with this book:

The Needlework of Mary Queen of Scots (Paperback)
by Margaret Swain 

These might help too:

Embroiderers (Medieval Craftsmen) (Paperback)
by Kay Staniland 

Medieval Clothing and Textiles I (Medieval Clothing and Textiles) (Hardcover)
by Robin Netherton (Editor), Gale R. Owen-Crocker (Editor)

have fun ;)

L DeerSlayer

"lambdakennels1 at juno.com" <lambdakennels1 at juno.com> wrote: I need help documenting a cushion from 13-16th century England.  I know they had cushions, because I see them in illuminations.  Unfortunately, they are almost always being sat on so I cannot see how they are constructed.  I am making a cushion of tone on tone Jacquard (sp?) upon which I have embroidered a heraldic lion.  The books I have looked at on furnishings deal with mostly furniture, and the costuming books deal with mostly what people actually wear.  There has to be a book out there that deals with the cushions and other stuff people used that were not actually furniture but were part of the room decor.  If someone can give me a citation for such a book, I would be most appreciative.  A website would be helpful, as well.  Thank you in advance.

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