[HNW] Coif question

Carol Thomas scbooks at mindspring.com
Fri Apr 3 12:20:40 PDT 2009

Thank you.

Using your links, I found a coif on the V&A website that has loops at 
the bottom, and I would guess these were also for adjustment.  If I 
had not seen the one at the Met, which still has its drawstrings, I 
would not have known that was their function.

I went to take photographs with only the embroidery in mind, but then 
got fascinated with the construction as well.  Since the loops I 
photographed appear to be coveried in buttonhole stitch, they are a 
second embroidered feature in a sense.


>Seeing no need to reinvent the wheel :):
>The Attack Laurel has a great article on her website about how to 
>wear a coif that explains the drawstring:
>Her article on making the coif is here and, if I understand the 
>gathered spot you are talking about, should explain it:
>I've seen just a casing used instead of the loops for the drawstring 
>too.  Several museums also have pics of the coifs in their 
>collections online, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts: 
>comes to mind, as well as the V&A: 
><http://collections.vam.ac.uk/>http://collections.vam.ac.uk/   Have 
>fun just putting terms like 'coif', 'linen' and 'blackwork' into the 
>search engines and seeing what pops up :).
>still trying to cough up a lung but back among the living.  i think....
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