Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Embroidered Joins

I have spent the majority of this week hand sewing medieval braies and chausses.  Without going into great detail about the research I've conducted, period garments were sewn differently than we sew garments modernly.  The pieces were hemmed individually, and then joined together by either whip-stitching or a decorative stitch, called faggoting. 

A few years back, I hand sewed a coif, using a faggoted join for the brim.  The finished join is a modified herringbone stitch.  The coif is made from white linen, and I used simple DMC embroidery floss for the join.

 This is the completed coif.  Below is a close up of the faggoting join, and a flat scan of the coif.

This is one of my favorite coifs to wear, because it stays put n my head, no matter how my hair is cut or styled, and because it sewed up so easily : )

I am currently researching some period shifts that employed faggoting stitching for joins.  I like to "feel pretty," and embroidered shifts feel very luxurious to me.


  1. Absolutely, absolutely lovely! :-)

  2. Gorgeous... cutting one out tomorrow. Thank you!

    1. Awesome! Let us know how it turns out!!