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Updated Frilled veil handout

I fixed most of the broken links on the handout. Now I guess I need to do a more fleshed-out version that's easier to peruse online instead of just the bland, easily printed version.

But the information is still good!


14th Century Ladies Hood

I have finished my hood, knit in worsted weight wool on size 10 1/2 needles and then felted.

The lirripipe is heavy and tends to pull the hood off the back of my head, but we'll see how it goes when I wear it with my braids and cap.




I started a Dropbox account, so now I can share my sprang handouts here on my blog!


Here goes the first test...

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Lengberg bra sprang piece

Finished the sprang piece for the center panel of my Lengberg bra reconstruction.

White cotton crochet thread, sewn together at the end to finish. This was taken from a chart by Beatrix Nutz in her article in NESAT XI "Bras in the 15th Century? A Preliminary Report".

Still have to work out the needle lace pattern and the rest of the structure, but the lace is done!

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Sprang Handouts

So, in preparing for Pennsic I realized that I have not included any of my class info here at all.

First up: a few links to museum sites with period sprang items.

1. Sprang hanging fragment in the Met:


Date: ca. 1450–1500
Culture: British, London
Medium: Wool, sprang
Dimensions: L. 16 3/4 x W. 14 inches (42.5 x 35.6 cm)
Classification: Textiles
Credit Line: Gift of George F. Lawrence, 1928
Accession Number: 28.197
This artwork is not on display

2. Sprang tablecloth in the Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum (Swiss National Museum)


Tischdecke. Blattmotiv. Bautenmusterung mit stilisierten Löwen, Adlern, Bäumen und geometrischen Figuren. Sprangtechnik auf Leinen/Flachs. 1400 - 1450. Herkunft: Schweiz, Innerschweiz. Masse: Länge 320 cm, Breite 75 cm. (LM-22119)


Tablecloth. Leaf motif. Diamond pattern with stylized lions, eagles, trees and geometric figures. Sprang technique on linen / flax. From 1400 to 1450. Origin: Switzerland, Central Switzerland. Dimensions: Length 320 cm, width 75 cm. (LM-22119)

3. Silk Garters late 16th century


Garter (one of a pair)

Italian, 1575–1600

4.5 x 160 cm (1 3/4 x 63 in.)
Medium or Technique
Plaited silk (sprang) and gilt-metal with tassels
Accession Number

4. "Tegle" stocking


About the object
Spranget strømpelgg eller erme med brikk(.

Photo: Norsk Folkemuseum

Spranget strømpelgg eller erme med brikkevevde kanter. Teglefunnet fra eldre jernalder. Time, Jæren, Rogaland.
Belongs to:
Norsk Folkemuseum


5. Lengberg "Bra"

Linen "bra" with sprang hole pattern in the center portion and needle lace on the shoulders

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Modeling my veil...

And I forgot to get a photo of me in the latest veil until this weekend. I pinned the sides near my ears as well as two on the top, so it conforms to the shape of my face better than the last time I tried to wear it.

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Definitely less collapsing of the panes on this one than the thinner one where it curves over the head.

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Sprang garter finished!

Well, my garter got a 1st place at our regional A&S Faire, so it's on to Kingdom!

Garter and tassel

Garter full length

I have only minor changes to make in the documentation. I may fiddle with the center part a bit and see if I can tighten up that part a bit. I have already shifted a lot of twist down to the center part to even it up a bit (it leaves a very loose area in the center when it gets too tight to work any more rows. One row of chaining didn't take up much).
Now the hard part is going to be turning it into an article for the Gauntlet or the Pale.

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Flemish veil and sprang garters started

I finished hemming and starching the Flemish veil re-do in time for 12th night, but I didn't get to wear it as I had to stay home due to illness. At least it gives me time to re-do it. The wired front needs to be shortened a bit so the "wings" are smaller. And next time I will try the wheat starch paste rather than the spray starch. But it worked OK in a pinch!

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In other news, I started my sprang garters. They are silk and metal threads, so I hope none of them break before I'm done. I was hoping to have them done for the A&S Faire in April, but it's slow going. I may only have one done for the Faire. It's about 12 rows/inch and I get about 4-6 rows per hour.

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Fretwork veil

Guess I should include the fretwork experiment too.

This was done by tacking 4 layers of hemmed linen strips in a brick (or honeycomb) pattern. It was then starched and pinned open to dry.
I used the foam pipe insulation from the hardware store, and slid an old cardboard fabric bolt support into the slot. The pins go through the foam and into the cardboard. Each cardboard was then laid on a TV tray, with the veil hanging between them.

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It doesn't bend well; it tends to collapse at the top. So I think it would be better to make bigger panes and more layers.

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Frilled veil at Crown Tourney

I managed to get the zigzag veil done in time to display at Crown this weekend.

I started out with three straight layers, with two gathered layers sandwiched between. I starched the gathered layers and pleated them, pressing them into the zig-zag shape. The effect was pretty, but not as precise as I liked, and the lower edges wanted to turn under.

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So I went back and tacked the veil at 1" intervals where the "points" of the triangles meet the straight sections. I starched it again and allowed it to dry with "holders" in place. I made these by taping 3 wooden craft sticks together in a triangle shape, and insert them in the holes. The veil is then allowed to dry and the sticks are removed. This gave a much more structured look. Not sure how it holds up to actually being worn yet, though.

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Up next: A veil with the frills on top and along the shoulders.....and maybe a new cote to go with it.

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