St Cuthbert recreation project
Today I am going to introduce you to a recreation project you might not have heard about. And that would be a shame! Dr Alexandra Makin, the writer of a book I reviewed, is working on a historically accurate reconstruction of a part of St Cuthbert's maniple. The original was stitched around AD 909-916, a good 100 years before the Kaisergewänder, and is thus probably the oldest more or less complete goldwork embroidery surviving in Europe. Trying to reconstruct any of these very early goldwork embroideries comes with a myriad of challenges of which finding the right materials is a large chunk. Alexandra describes the project in a series of YouTube videos. But beware: you might spend a LOT of money :).
Alexandra also curates a blog on early medieval (mostly) textile topics. Each month, a guest-writer is invited to write about her research. She has asked me to contribute a blog for December. When you enter the universe of the St Cuthbert recreation project, you soon realise that such an undertaking isn't a solo flight. It wasn't back in the 10th-century and it isn't today. Many people contributed with their specialism: dying silk threads with natural dyes, weaving the right silken open canvas, finding the right silk, vintage goldthreads, magical scissors from Japan, etc. You will be introduced to so many amazing people and (nearly) lost arts. Enjoy!
Well! It's lucky I was up early this morning, as I have spent it chasing around rabbit holes which began with Dr Makin's excellent videos and ended up with the Textile Society's talk about the Red Dress, via a path that included her blog and the post on nalbinding, MEDATS, and finally the Early Textile Study Group (online newsletters!). I'm off to make a coffee. ☺️
Glad to be of assistance, Nancy!
Heerlijk, weer een project om te volgen. Ik volg ook het project van Cathy Hay over de remake van de Peacockdress.
Graag gedaan, Truus! Ik had al zo'n vermoeden dat het project onder mijn lezers vrij onbekend was :).
Wonderful, interesting work. Thank you so much. Questions; is the whole maniple being worked by a group of embroiderers? Is each piece being worked as a slip and applied to another base fabric? If so, what ground fabric is going to be used? Regards, Lesley
Lesley, please direct your questions to Dr Alexandra Makin as I am not part of the project. Thank you.
Claire de Pourtalès
Thank you so much Jessica for this new window in my life! I have subscribed to her blog and I hope to find the time to read / listen to all she is sharing! What a fantastic life she has!
You are very welcome, Claire! I had a feeling that these videos and the project were not widely known amongst my readers :).
You know you want to, Rachel :)!
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