Embroidery Started: September 12, 2009
Embroidery Completed: January 31 2011
Garment Constructed: March 7, 2011
This is a 16th century blackwork partlet,
with the embroidery done in the simple, counted style of blackwork, using
a double running stitch (aka Spanish stitch or Holbein stitch). The partlet
is a garment worn by both gentry and noble men and women of northern Europe
and England as an upper chest covering throughout the century.
The embroidery pattern is an allover flower & knotwork design, and
it is a period inspired design. It was designed by Ianthé d'Averoigne,
mka Kim Brody Salazar,
the editor/author of The New Carolingian Modelbook - plate 59,
titled 'The Buttery'. It is her design, based on period styles. A beautiful
design, it kept my interest through the many months I worked on this project.
My partlet was designed to be worn underneath one of my kirtles that
has a low V-shaped opening in the back, which is why the V shape extension
of the blackwork design. The partlet can also be worn under another garment
of mine that has a rectangular back opening. So to cover all bases, the
embroidery extends to all areas that might be seen. The garment pattern
is as simple a shape as possible, and is a basic rectangle with no shoulder
seams. I currently have no ties, but can add them later, and will pin
the garment into place.
The base fabric is 100% even-weave linen. The black thread is 100% silk,
the lining is a linen/cotton (60%/40%) blend, and is sewn together by
hand with a fine linen thread.
Caid's Arts & Sciences Faire
The blackwork embroidery won Journeyman First Place, Fiber-Needlework-Counted
Thread Work, at the Kingdom of Caid's Arts & Sciences Faire and Pentathalon
event in March 2011. My documentation pdf
file can be found here (184k).