About This Blog

My current research obsession is centered around purses and pouches from the European Middle Ages, and the accompanying hardware and passementerie. It is my hope to not only study extant items but also learn via reconstructive experiments; these will be limited for the most part to the textile components, however in the future I hope to explore the production of the metal frames.

28 June 2008

Pattern redaction, part 1

I'll say this again: Difficult up close, even harder using photographs, and migraine-inducing when using digital images (at least when the image resolution is so small that it's hard to distinguish between pixels and stitches).

There are a few areas that are obscured in the photo (this is IRPA Obj# 43380) but I have the main motif worked out. I've adapted it to be repetitive, so that I can use it on its own, but at some point I hope to work out the whole thing. May need to wait until I can visit it in person though.

Here's my redaction thus far (colours are not meant to be exact):

A new old book for me!

Got my hands on a copy Boudet and Gomond's La Passementerie. Now it is time to brush up on my français.

27 June 2008

Just because I haven't been posting...

...doesn't mean I'm not working!

- I've finally made myself some silk gimp (made two attempts).
- Attempted a Turk's Head knot with one length of gimp, although it turned out to not be long enough to make a substantial knot.
- Embroidery continues.
- Occasionally working on redacting embroidery patterns from a few extant pieces (although this is made extra difficult by the fact that the only sources I have are digital versions of conservators' photos..).

In the near future I hope to be doing a trial run of the - for lack of better terminology - woven purse seams (as per L.S.'s research).

I will post pictures of some of these things as soon as I'm able.. for the one or two people who read this blog ;-)

17 June 2008

More good pictures

Another good one from the Royal Institute for the Study and Conservation of Belgium's Artistic Heritage webpage: An embroidered trapezoidal ring-framed purse (object 40752). Check out all the additional images; there are pictures of the individual pieces of textile (did they deconstruct it?!) and also a shot of the drawstring mouth (usually hidden under the flap). A close-up of the embroidery is included as well. All good pictures; just wish they were larger.

13 June 2008

The internet IS still useful!

Royal Institute for the Study and Conservation of Belgium's Artistic Heritage

Object search for beurs reveals many many interesting finds, particularly this gem: Object 10359

The photographer (bless him!) took a picture of the side of the piece:

Take a look at the frontal pictures, particularly the drawstrings. I wonder if those large turks-head knops are not in fact part of the drawstring, but there to aid opening the bag.. in which case the drawstrings appear to pass through a hole in the center of each.

Go out and buy...

...Olaf Goubitz's Purses in Pieces: Archaeological Finds of Late Medieval and 16th-century Leather Purses, Pouches, Bags and Cases in the Netherlands.