This 12th century nailbinding project is inspired by a 12th century fresco showing foolish virgins.
When I noticed that the caps of the foolish virgins had one very special detail – they had a small tail – I decided that I absolutely wanted one - btw. many thanks to my sister Bella who pointed this detail out to me, she has really a much better eye for 12th century clothing details than I have…
For the lords and ladies among you who recreate 12th century – this detail is rather rare as far as I can tell concerning the pictures I have seen of extant paintings/illuminations/frescos till now – so this might have been a cap that was actually worn but there is also the possibility that this cap has just an allegorical meaning.
More thoughts about the shape of this cap:
I think that the shape of the cap is just too simple – actually, when one fails to make a really round cap, as worn by some ladies on extant pictures, one can easily end up with a point or a small tail – therefore I think there is a chance that it actually happened from time to time and well, taking a look at some odd things that were fashionable during our rather young (modern) century… *giggle*
I, personally, think that there is a good chance that caps like this existed. Unfortunately not many things from the 12th century survived the last centuries (wars, fires, were thrown away,…) besides some really important or precious pieces – therefore my personal intend has always been to recreate what I like and see – I have the “step out of the picture” approach – to look like I just stepped out of a 12th century picture – yes, if you put it the other way round, I try to become a piece of artwork – a 12th century lady that just stepped out of a 12th century fresco/painting/illumination/… Long time ago I decided that recreating what I can 100% document with 3 or more sources,… is just not enough, I wanted more projects, more possibilities and actually – more fun and as perfect as possible – please keep that in mind when you look at my projects.
I had a nice discussion about this cap shape with a friend of mine who thinks that this special caps have just an allegorical meaning. Hopefully I can soon get her text with her thoughts about it for the very first guest posting here – a text about why she thinks that it is 100% sure that a cap like this was not worn during the 12th century – and I am very looking forward to reading and posting the text soon:D
Well, why nailbinding? My main inspiration were some extant nailbinded pieces from the 12th century like “Pontifikalstrümpfe” – Delémont, Swiss, the “Mütze (pileus) des Hlg. Bernhard” – Niederwerth, Deutschland,… (found in the booklet “Nadelbinden – Was ist denn das?: Geschichte und Technik einer fast vergessenen Handarbeit“ at page 52 among other period examples of nailbinding) …as well as the fact that nailbinding is a great technique, very suitable for making a cap and a period technique
The nailbinding notation for this project:
UUOO/UUOO O F2 (according to the booklet this is a “Finnischer Stich”)
The wool thread:
Malabrigo – Baby Silkpaca lace (70% baby alpaca and 30% silk)
…absolutely my own imagination/style and my personal addition – I just love tassels
…and this lovely cute cap soon goes to the states to my sister Bella as a small christmas gift – I hope it will fit her well and cheer her up
…and oh yeah, I didn’t forget to take some pics of the progress for you, here they are - Caution – more pictures after this point