RE: [SCA-Milliners] duc de berry hours - april/may
- I made a hat based on that image and another image from Terence des Dukes
which is similar, except I wanted different colors so I used peackock eyes.
It took about a hundred eyes worth of feathers, and I could have used a few
more, but it was easily that fluffy. I was basing this on the fact that
there is evidence of them having used peacock feathers for "ghirlandras" in
Italy, and since my persona is from southern France, I thought it wasn't a
huge stretch. Another friend of mine has made that hat out of feathers, I
believe marabou of some sort. I don't think it's fur, unless it's REALLY
long pile fur, but even then both her hat and the guy's hat have an
impression of "lightness" or "fluffiness" that I don't think fur would give.
(who will post images of the peacock hat and its construction after I finish
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Carolin v. Adlersberg [mailto:andrea.pfeifer@...]
> Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2005 4:38 PM
> To: SCA-Milliners@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [SCA-Milliners] duc de berry hours - april/may
> the pictures i am referring to can be found here
> and here
> I asked a similar question a long time ago - but since I am finally
> proceeding with my project of making the blue outfit with the feather
> hat on the april page, more of the same questions pop up. we had
> discussed what the black base was made of - i had suggested some kind
> of fur (mostly because I have a black lamb skin scarf of about the
> right fluffiness...), others suggested ostrich feathers. i am not
> happy with the feathers idea... you would either need a heck of a lot
> of feathers to cover say a stuffed roll or some mighty fluffy ones.
> also... if you look at the may page, the guy with the black/blue
> miparti gown has a similar hat... still looks like fur to me. but if
> you more experienced folks say the lady's hat is made from feathers i
> will not argue! only then i would love to hear your suggestions on
> how it could be constructed.
> thanks so much
> (if i get a chance to put it together again, i will take pictures of
> a pointy veil thing i had for 12th night in drachenwald, without any
> wire, just tons of starch, - and post them of course)
> Carolin von Adlersberg
> Barony of Knight's Crossing, Drachenwald
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- Guenievre de Monmarche wrote:
> I don't think it's fur, unless it's REALLYI'm lucky to have a large-scale poster of the image; the heads are an
> long pile fur, but even then both her hat and the guy's hat have an
> impression of "lightness" or "fluffiness" that I don't think fur would give.
inch or so high. I can't make a determination between feathers and fur
on this, even at that level of magnification. The black hat seems
rather spiky for fur, but the fur collars of the men are somewhat spiky
also. The obvious vertical ostrich type feathers aren't that different
than what's on the stuffed roll.
So I think either is a reasonable choice.
Side note: while staring at it, I realized that in the garden, there's
an arched arbor that goes up to the walls. When the vines grow over it
in the summer, it would provide a cool shade walkway. Ideal for trysts. :)
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I recently finished making a Russian hat for my son, the lining and edging around the brim were made out of a good quality, long pile (around 2 inches) sheep's skin. FWIW, the appearance is remarkably similar to the pictures you posted. This isn't my period, but it might be worth experimenting with sheep's skin.
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