Tag Archive: embroidery

Apr 22

16th c. blackwork coif – complete!


Blog entries discussing this project can be found here, here, here, and here. The Pattern:  Embroidered coifs were popular in England in the 16th and early 17th centuries – and it was common for women to purchase patterns or have a pattern traced out for them, so they could do their own embroidery.  Keeping with …

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Apr 16

16th c. monochrome embroidered coif – complete!


Well, complete… except for hemming, lining, and finishing.  But the HARD work is done. I learned a lot with this project – my embroidery and hand stitching definitely improved over the past year.  I don’t know if I’ll do another embroidery project like this again, but it was definitely a learning experience and I’m glad …

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Jan 15

Coif Progress and new resources!


We’re knee-deep in ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Rent’ at my schools – so my progress on the coif is slowing down a bit.  But I am still confident that I’ll be able to have this done for the spring.  All that’s left is a bit of fill-stitch, and then I’ll probably put some stipple stitch in the …

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Dec 31

Embroidered Elizabethan Coif – 1600


This beautiful embroidered coif lives at the MFA, Boston – accession number 1996.51.  It measures 9″ by 17″, linen cloth with silk and metallic thread.  I love, love, love the shading on this – it’s amazing what you can do with that stipple stitch! TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious