Reconstructing The French Hood by Sarah LorraineHi there Naath,
There are actually two techniques... First is to simply take a triangle of silk (I used gold in the photos) and tie it over your head like you would a headscarf. The hood goes on over that and the whole thing is pinned in place to the braids. This was my first attempt at a non-stiffened paste piece, and is more plausible in pre-1530 French Hoods.
For the second technique, which works for later, more structural hoods, hopefully this picture: http://www.modehistorique.com/elizabethan/french_hood/images/paste.jpg will help clarify. The paste sits over the top of the coif, back about 2-3" from the hairline and is supported by the braids underneath. It ties under the back of the head and is kept pretty secure by tension. The hood sits on top of the paste and is pinned to it. In this case, the paste is a separate, elongated crescent shape that is made from silk covered buckram with a bit of wire around the edges to help hold its shape.