[HNW] Linen then, and it's not meant to be a coif

Carol Thomas scbooks at mindspring.com
Mon Mar 3 06:15:49 PST 2008

Sounds as though it will be lovely.  Hope you will share a picture 
when you're done.

I don't think you confused anyone.  I referred to blackwork because 
you'd mentioned evenweave linen, which was not always used back then, 
even for counted work.  Evenweave would probably be an unnecessary 
expense for a project like yours.

The V&A has a jacket in a style similar to the coif.  Am blanked on 
the name of it - Layton??  Anyway, it is lovely, and may provide 
further inspiration.


At 12:06 AM 3/3/2008, you wrote:
>Hello everyone :-)
>OK, maybe one day I'll grow a brain, and be able to express myself more
>  In the post "Linen Then" I included a link to a polychrome coif. I was
>trying to express that I wanted polychrome embroidery employing a
>variety of stitches, surrounded by vinework. A couple of return posts
>mentioned blackwork, so I thought that I'd clarify that.
>  BUT I failed to say "this picture is a of coif but I mean to do
>something that is like a large sweetbag or a long cushion (not that they
>had stumpwork on them, I don't think)  - and I'll display it as a wall
>hanging. It's not really meant to be a historical item of any particular
>type, which is why I called it a "kind of sampler". It's something for
>me to try out all sorts of stitches and methods, and to learn from the
>process. To have fun, and produce something pretty while I'm at it.
>I will be mixing 16th with just a little 17thC (stumpwork, because I
>love it) and a little 18thC (I'd like to try some 'tambour' by
>crocheting - there's a particular rose in "18th C embroidery techniques"
>that I love. I'm interested in the 18th C organza flowers as well,
>although they might not fit into the earlier style - the style will be
>almost entirely Elizabethan.  (I'm not actually SCA, so I feel free to
>mix it up a bit, within the constraints of producing a pleasing design)
>And to save another issue -  I'd love to use silk - but I have 4 large
>boxes of DMC thread that I've managed to accumulate though gifts and a
>couple of lucky auction buys. I'm on a disability pension and really
>really can't justify buying silk when I have the DMC sitting there, as
>much as I'd love to. I know Eterna is inexpensive - but I have a sitting
>frame to buy, and goldwork materials, some pearls,  I'd like to get a
>spool of the Gylte Silk Thread from the Plymouth Plantation, the linen,
>and some canvas for slipwork....Buying another stack of thread on top of
>all of that just seems ..... wrong to me, when I have so many other
>things that I need. My apologies for this bit being a bit personal.
>I'm sorry that I've confused people.
>Megan/Elmsley Rose
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