[HNW] Consulting the collective: coifs

S CLEMENGER sclemenger at msn.com
Thu Apr 16 19:45:22 PDT 2009


Blackwork (more properly, monochrome embroidery), as a technique, existed LONG (as in centuries) before lace was ever invented....
--Maire

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  From: Carol Thomas<mailto:scbooks at mindspring.com> 
  To: Historic Needlework<mailto:h-needlework at lists.ansteorra.org> 
  Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 7:42 PM
  Subject: [HNW] Consulting the collective: coifs


     "Last Judgement", by Jacob de Backer, Belgium.  1580.  6 of the ladies kneeling on the right side panel could have blackworked coifs under their wired headresses.
    http://www.wga.hu/index1.html<http://www.wga.hu/index1.html> 

  The upper right lady shows her ear through the fabric of the coif.  This makes me wonder if it were lace.

  I've read speculation that blackwork was developed to give an impression similar to lace - but cheaper.

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