[HNW] 15th Century Spanish Embroidery

Fiona the Needleworker danab-steppes at tx.rr.com
Fri Aug 7 22:54:39 PDT 2009

Yes, it's just a coif with the spanish spelling of coifa. :)

     *  A close-fitting cap covering the top, back, and sides of the  
head.    In early use a cap of this kind, tied like a night-cap under  
the chin, worn out of doors by both sexes.
     * 'close-fitting cap of white linen later embroidered or made in  
black.' [Medieval Timeline in Fashion and Events (http://romancereaderatheart.com/medieval/timeline/ 


On Aug 8, 2009, at 12:43 AM, Betsy Marshall wrote:

> Is that like a Coif – small linen headcover, with string or self ties?
>  I know some stunning Elizabethan examples exist- but that is  
> 150-200 years later.
> Or is it more like a night-cap? Any pictures or documentation/ 
> descriptions?
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> ] On Behalf Of Megan McConnell
> Sent: Saturday, August 08, 2009 12:18 AM
> To: h-needlework at ansteorra.org
> Subject: [HNW] 15th Century Spanish Embroidery
> Greetings all
> I've volunteered to work a piece for the current Queen of Lochac  
> (SCA - Australia) and her persona is 15th Century Spanish.
> It's been mentioned that she would like a Coifa, worked in bright  
> colours.  Now I have no problems with this, but have not been able  
> to find any examples of these as embroidered pieces - not even going  
> to mention that I have no pattern to even make the thing!
> Can somebody who has some more experince with this particular period  
> of embroidery give me some pointers?
> The other option that I thought of myself for her was an embroidered  
> book cover (which I can do in the rich, bright colours with  
> pomegranates that she likes).
> Megan McConnell
> Embroidery Editor
> BellaOnline.com
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