--- balanttina <balanttina@...
> Me and some of my friends are making common women
> headdresses for 15C,
> we found patterns for them, but we couldn't find any
> information on
> how to wrap them in so many different ways around
> the head. We tried
> some stiyles after the pictures, but unsuccesfully.
> Does anyone know
> of any site or file that would help us make those
> perfect headdresses?
> lp, celestina
This website by Cynthia Virtue shows earlier veiling
than your 15th century, but may prove helpful just the
A list of more generalized hat articles may be found
on her page: <http://www.virtue.to/articles/#Hats
If you wish to put simpler veiling on your head,
here's what I do for a c.1400 headdress for a working
Start with a veil approximately 1m square.
This would have been linen in period. Cotton works
fine for trying out the style. If you have long hair,
put it up in a bun or chignon at the back hairline.
Place the center of one edge of veil on your forehead,
and bring the corners down over the veil and tie under
the bun so the edge is smooth on your face.
You may stop here, as I've seen illuminations of this
style, but I prefer a more finished look.
Pull the hanging fabric from your back and drape it
over your head, centering the edge as the first edge
was centered. You may find the veil is too long; fold
the veil back until you have the edge where you want
Smooth and tuck the hanging corners under the opposite
side of the back. I.e., the right corner gets
smoothed back and tucked under your first tied edge.
Likewise, the left corner is smoothed back and tucked
in towards the right side of your bun.
Often your ears are a little compressed with this
veiling and may become red and sore after a few hours.
That has been my experience, too. I'm sorry.
While I had a list of instances where I've seen this
style in illuminations, c.1500-1510, I cannot find the
file. :( The only picture I remember is a "Fortune
Wrestling Poverty", where Poverty wears this style.
Obviously, an allegorical picture.
If you wish more tightly focused advice, please send
links to pictures of which veiling you wish to create.
Ann in CT
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