Measuring and patterning an Elizabethan coif

When I first started the Coif Project, I was pretty lost. I had done a lot of research, looking at extant coifs etc. But I was very unsure of how to measure and draw my pattern to get the result I wanted. What did I do? So I started with paper. I measured from the nape of Read More…

coif close up with gold

Elizabethan Coif – Part 2; Coral Stitch

Why green? Now I want to talk a bit about the stitching aspect of the coif I am working on. The extant piece has two colors of silk, and various stitching used early on as it seems the original artist decided what they liked and did not like. The original also was done in dark Read More…

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Elizabethan Coif – The Setup

I have an idea… Since Gulf Wars 25 (2016) I have been playing around with the idea in my head of starting an Elizabethan embroidered coif. I attended a class at Gulf Wars on Elizabethan braided Stitches, specifically gold work braid stitches. The teacher at this class had a great book by Jacqui Carey which Read More…