University of Atlantia

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Recreating the English Woman's Gabled Hood

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Instructor:
Margaret Wolseley


Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
University Session:
UA90 June 13, 2015
Crs #:
107
Date:
Sat Jun 13
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee:
Length:
2 hrs
Credits:
2
Attendees:
13/∞
Room:
107
Course Category:
Arts & Sciences
Track:
Fiber Arts
Description
During the reign of Elizabeth of York, Henry VIII's mother, a bonnet style unique to English women appeared. Its exact shape - initially a sharply angled peak over the forehead and heavy black veil brightened only by a strip of ornately decorated fabric - evolved over the subsequent 50 years, but remained fashionable, as evidenced by the monumental brasses and carved stone effigies preserved in English churches. We will examine the shape of this distinctive bonnet and theorize about the materials and construction methods necessary to recreate it. This is intended to be an advanced class, however beginners are also welcome because you can always learn something. I plan to cover definitions of different weights of silks, fabric blends, types and weights of thread, different types of wool weaves and finishes, and even describe how they differed in value (rank of wearer allowed) in period. I also will cover hand sewing tools - choosing the correct needle, how to learn to use a thimble, how to cut a buttonhole with a chisel, what to look for in a sewing awl.