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An Eleventh-Century Englishwoman’s Cyrtel, part V (and last)

Finishing    I didn’t have time to do any of the seam treatments I wanted to experiment with, beyond pressing the seams of the sleeve and sleeve lining pieces so that they would lie nicely together. This I did — not … Continue reading

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An Eleventh-Century Englishwoman’s Cyrtel, part IV

Continuing from last time with the tale of how I actually made the thing. . .    When I had put in the two side gores and seen how uneven my hem was, I nearly despaired, but finally gave in and … Continue reading

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An Eleventh-Century Englishwoman’s Cyrtel, part III

Making documentation Historical attitude versus accuracy – materials – methods    Originally my main reference picture was the Virgin in the Annunciation from the Benedictional, which I raved over earlier: her cyrtel looked so comfy, and was also without the pointed … Continue reading

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An Eleventh-Century Englishwoman’s Cyrtel, part II

Artistic evidence    Women are depicted many, many times in the last full century of Anglo-Saxon art. For the purposes of this paper I will have to exclude those wearing some kind of mantel (itself a highly debatable article), as it … Continue reading

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An Eleventh-Century Englishwoman’s Cyrtel, Part I

  Historical documentation   Background – theory – artistic examples      Late Anglo-Saxon garb, defined as British clothes from between the late tenth and mid-eleventh centuries,  is not a very popular period. Further, on the rare occasions people give it … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction resources (online)

I’ve collected a lot of resources over the years and have been trying to clear them out (I have a long way still to go), separating the ones I’ve actually used from the ones I’ve never thought of again, or … Continue reading

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Black Wasp garb

My mom was shopping one day and found almost five yards of 60-inch wide wool at a thrift store. It’s very thin and very very dark blue, and a bit shiny — really high-status stuff. And there’s a lot of … Continue reading

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“Qua!” said Peter Aurelius.

In the category of random Anglo-Saxon-era tidbits, there was in the seventh century a woman named AEthelthryth, who did all kinds of things which may be marshalled as evidence against the myth that the Church or the Middle Ages oppressed … Continue reading

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New tutorial

(Also, for those of you who might be interested but didn’t make it all the way through my previous post to the note about it: my SCA garb page is newly updated with pictures and links and things.)   This … Continue reading

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First tutorial is up!

After a few failed attempts (do I really sound like that?) to make a tutorial, I finally got a video Olivia said passed muster. Here’s the picture I was going off: (Sapientia from the Psychomachia of Prudentius, Cotton Cleopatra, etc., … Continue reading

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