All of the flowers have been finished, and I have started with the strapwork and the fleur the lis, which are going surprisingly fast. Of course, I would still have to sew the spangles in, put it together, affix the liner, and make the needlelace loops for the cord. But I have high hopes of having this sucker finished by Holiday Faire. Yay me!
Those who know us, Alina and I have a penchant with bartering with each other. This embroidered coif was made in exchange for a hand-sewn farthingale, which served as the foundation for my Valois gown. This past Pennsic, she came up with 5 yards of hadwoven wool, which she had made after one of the Viking era digs. Since she does not do Viking era, she decided to trade the wool with me in exchange for a handmade set of ruffs. I think I may add a black border to the ruffs. I haven't even started them. Not until I deliver the embroidered coif.
But wait! There's more! She loves to weave! While we were in a roll, we traded a handwoven silk Viking era coif (to be made by her) for an embroidered sweet bag (to be made by me). (And yes, I will be making a nifty apron dress, and I have started gathering the accoutrements that would befit a well-dressed Norse gal. This will be a new era for me. Yay!)
Now all we need to do is finish the garments that go with all of this, and have our pictures taken, with each of us pointing to each other, indicating the pieces that each have made.
Bartering. Such a wonderful thing.
And now, back to the coif. It's winking at me, and I can't wait to be done with it.
Stay tuned for the pictures.
PS. No, I am not abandoning 16th Century French. But Norse fashion is sooooo cool! I can't wait to try my hand at it!