[HNW] 15th Century Spanish Embroidery

Karla Norris melisandedf at hotmail.com
Sat Aug 8 07:17:39 PDT 2009

I am currently doing a pomegrante design from a needlework book (modern) that I found.  I am doing it in three reds, golds and greens.  I am doing it for the forepart of a Spanish dress.  I do not have the book anymore, but I did copy the design and can copy it again and mail it to you if you want.  Just send me, privately, your address.  It is lovely and I am working it in split stitch and various types of goldwork.  It is NOT documentable, but not everything we do has to be.  It is done in stitches known in period.  (I have made coifs too and have a pattern if you want that too).  This is just a for fun thing for a friend, probably not for an A&S ever; but maybe something nice to display for a body of work type thing.


Anyway, let me know if you want the pattern or the design.


Mistress Melisande de Frayne

Barony of Namron, Stellar Kingdom of Ansteorra

From: betsy at softwareinnovation.com
To: h-needlework at lists.ansteorra.org
Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 00:43:15 -0500
Subject: Re: [HNW] 15th Century Spanish Embroidery

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?

From: h-needlework-bounces+betsy=softwareinnovation.com at lists.ansteorra.org [mailto:h-needlework-bounces+betsy=softwareinnovation.com at lists.ansteorra.org] 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

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