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.

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 ;-)


Kathy Storm said...

I too am interested in woven purse seams. What is this research by L.S. that you refer to?

Kathy Storm said...

P.S. I found your blog because Chris Laning of http://paternosters.blogspot.com/ sent me the link, knowing that my interests are similar. Comment on people's blogs! I read the comments on my favorite blogs and click on the links, that is how I find a lot of cool stuff. Your work is beautiful and I am sure a lot of people would like to see it. If you look at my list of blogs you will see Zabacorporation - she is in Czech Republic, too.

Tristán Z. said...

Lois Swales, from what was previously my area of NY (before the hop over the ocean!) She's been a big inspiration, and was the first one who taught me the word "passamenterie". One of her main research areas is in medieval bookmarkers, but is also interested in the seam-covering stitches seen on many medieval purses. I believe she knows Soper Lane's Gina B., who I haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting.

Tristán Z. said...

One method of stitching is known as the Gobelein (?) stitch. Unfortunately my research is still sitting at home waiting to be mailed out to me so I can't really expand on that just yet..

Kathy Storm said...

I would love to see what research you have when you are reunited with it!