My crafter ADD finally took me back to the eleventh century dress. I’ve undone all my painstaking over-achiever seam finishing around the arms, so not it’s ugly, but fits. Score one for the good guys…. That leaves me with nothing to do but decorate it, so I’m excited about the project again!
I still want to do some beading on this silly thing, and I still want to use an appropriate medieval german beading method with one thread for beads and one for couching them to an animal parchment ground, but I’ve been having some trouble sizing the system down. Finding a substitute for the animal parchment that will support beads while not stiffening the hems of the dress hasn’t been going as well as I’d hoped. Likewise, finding a suitable substitute for the gold foil “bezants” discussed in Ms. Segrest’s article has me stumped.
But I wants me some beady-goodness and I wants me some shiny gold to jazz it all up. (Also, I’d like to finish this darn thing some day.) So I pulled some thin gold trims out of ye olde trim stash….
I’m planning (currently) to use bands of gold trims at the hems of the dress. I plan to space the trims a little apart from each other, and run the beadwork in between.
I’m turning the hems out to the front, so I need the trimmings to hide the ugly. I’m doing this to avoid the extra bulk of a fully turned hem.
There’s a major lesson to be learned here: linings are GREAT. Linings are your friends. Linings will save you a million years of seam finishing and hem hiding time. I just have no evidence in favor of linings in the eleventh century…. Le sigh.