Brooch for my horned headdress

Horned Headdress with the veil hanging behind a bit too much

Horned Headdress with the veil hanging behind a bit too much

Near the end of my post about my 15th century horned headdress I mentioned that one of the embellishing items would be a large brooch.

Well, here’s the post about that brooch!

Inspiration

Most of the paintings showing this style of hat shows it adorned by a large central jewel/brooch/etc. Once my hat was nearly done, I dug into my costume jewelery, but button box, my jewelery supplies.. and nothing really felt RIGHT. I figured instead I would need to make/assemble something.

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July 2015 HSF – Accessorize – horned headdress

Horned Headdress side view.

Horned Headdress side view.

For the July Historical Sew Monthly (previously Fortnightly) I wanted to make a hat / headdress to go with my new green sideless surcote. Luckily, I also had some leftover fabric, so was comfortable making something somewhat ‘matchy’ without being super-matchy, as the paintings didn’t really support that.

Background inspiration

I started with paintings from Pinterest, shown below:

 

Hotlinked directly from Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/290200769715685328/ 
Hotlinked directly from Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/290200769715686028/
 
Hotlinked directly from Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/290200769716163477/
Hotlinked directly from Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/290200769713912512/

What I found interesting about two of the images is that they show the sideless surcote being worn by people in the same images where women are wearing the v-neck houppelande as well… (Which I also have on my costume wish-list…) and in those multi-person images, the different people are wearing different styles of hats – suggesting to me that these dress fashions and hat fashions were all worn at the same time… so perhaps I can mix and match a bit too…

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July 2015 silk shopping

In July I got over to Fabric Depot (aka 3 star fabrics) to look at their silk selection. It wasn’t as large as I remembered, and quite a bit more expensive than I had hoped for, but I ended up getting a few things, as well as some wool.

silk and wool from Fabric Depot

silk and wool from Fabric Depot

Wool

I picked up one meter of this ivory wool. It’s the same wool as bought before for my Finnish apron. Something like $16.50/meter

Blue/purple shot silk

I bought 4 meters of this, 100% silk at $29.95/meter. My plan is to use this for a sideless surcote.

Blue/red shot silk

I bought 3 meters of this, 100% silk at $29.95/meter. My plan is to use this with another fabric I bought, or perhaps an underdress if it wasn’t a perfect match.

Flat blue silk

I bought 3 meters of this, 100% silk at $29.95/meter. This is also intended for a sideless surcote.

 

THUA classes at Avacal Coronation

I’m really late posting this – because I was hoping to put together some photos first… but I thought I’d briefly post about the SCA coronation event (for those involved, Avacal’s first coronation). While I was there I attended my 12-16th “THUA” (Or now, actually TUA) classes. Unfortunately, I didn’t take ANY photos of the classes while I was in them (my mind was on the class, not my camera!) but I thought I’d share a brief run-down of each of them.

Much thanks to the teachers and the individuals organizing THUA classes at this event!

THUA stands for “Their Highness’ University of Avacal“, but now that we don’t have a Ptince and Princess any more, it’s been re-named TUA – The University of Avacal.

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