How does one choose which embroidery thread to use for a project? Sunny does it by trying every one she can find for her 12th century bliaut. Read on to find out what she thought.
In this extensive beginner's guide, we'll look at lucet cording, fancy braiding and inkle and tablet weaving.
This versatile technique is seen from very early medieval period right through to the twentieth century and on all kinds of linen items.
Monochromatic Embroidery is an umbrella term used to describe a type of embellishment popular during the 16th Century.
Five simple techniques can make a wide range of jewelry to provide the finishing touch to your Tudor or Renaissance outfit.
Izabela walks us step by step through the creation of an 1785 riding habit, including gold embroidered buttons.
The further back in time that you go, the more anachronistic modern trims appear... So what's a girl to do? Make her own, of course!
In the 1810s and 1820s rouleaux, or bias tubes of fabric, were a go-to trend for trimmings. Astrida shows us some inspirational examples.
During the Regency many women wore hats designed after early C19th military styles. Here's how to make the distinctive pompoms.
Reproduce authentic looking turban headdresses - as well as the beautiful ornamental pins that were used to secure and decorate them.
Woodruff-Fontaine House has one of the most extensive costume collections in the American South. We take a tour.
Studying the construction of an original Worth bodice so that we can discover and recreate the magic of Worth in our own work.
Exploring Charles Frederick's story to find the secrets behind his genius, and thus capture the magic of Worth in our own work.
What's more mysterious and dramatic than a veil? Bess outlines the veil's role as a fashion accessory and finishing touch to any Victorian ensemble.
C. Claridge translates some gorgeous but cryptic Victorian instructions into modern-style knitting and crochet diagrams, and then tries them out.
My passion for Ostrich plumes started when I saw the opening credits of the 1997 movie Wings of the Dove.
Where do such plumes come from?
How do milliners fabricate them and can I create such confections?
These are all questions I asked myself then, and they led me on a course of study and experimentation. In this article I will share some of what I have learned along the way.
or My hat looks like it has a dead fish on top because the bow just lies there! How can I fix that?
One of the most often used decorative elements on late Victorian and Edwardian hats were bows and ribbon loops.
To a non-milliner, trying to recreate some of these fantastic hats may seem a daunting task. Here are some tricks that simplify things.
This month Lynn shows us how to add large areas of silk flowers or ribbon decorations to a hat, without using glue and without sewing each one on individually.
Why would you want to add decorations to a hat in this way?
There are several reasons, but the most important would be to save the base hat from being damaged, either because it is vintage or because you might want to redress it in the future and anything you do now will have to be undone.