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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.

01 September 2009

13th century brick stitch pattern, revised version

As promised, here's the pattern I've come up with to account for the tantalizing gaps in KIK/IRPA object no. 43380. 49% squinting at the computer screen, 51% guesswork:

Warning: the image is pretty big. Probably bigger than it needed to be.

The grey areas are where the ground fabric seems to be consistently exposed. Much like the last pattern I posted, this could be due to caustic dyestuff eating away the threads, intentional picking out of thread (maybe it was gold!), left like that intentionally for a textured effect, or perhaps some other reason that I just can't think of yet. I have no data yet as to which reason is more likely.


Racaire said...

Thank you - a great inspiration :)

Racaire said...

Once again - thank you :)

and fyi - I started to work at this pattern with some small changes: http://embroidery.racaire.at/?p=2317

I love your patterns (and I really don't like counting techniques *lol*)

warm said...

I love the look of the brick stitch and from the tutorials iyt does not seem to be very very difficult either.

Isis said...

i'd have to look it up in my book, but i think the parts where you can see the ground fabric are covered in flat metal thread at some parts, but it is mostly gone.
i've been planning to do a pattern for this pouch for ages :) but you were faster!

Anonymous said...

This 'bag' (for lack of a better word for it) has been used as a frontcover for a book regardig the textiles in Onze Lieve Vrouw Geboorte (Our Dear Lady Birth) in Tongeren. From that Picture I have copied the pattern. Only to come to the conclusion, that the designparts in the original piece do not match up. In short there is a 'mistake' which prevents the pattern from 'closing'. This obviously didn't bother the first owner of the piece. The embroidery was used, despite the fact that it might not be 'perfect' in our eyes.
Yours sincerely, Johan Terlouw