For the reign of Felix I and Eva I, I was asked by the Mistress of Wardrobe, Lady Ursula Von Memmingen, to embroider a blackwork collar and cuffs. The embroidery was for a shirt to be worn under a 16th century Saxon outfit by Queen Eva for her divestiture on 6-7 June 2013 in Mordenvale. I was delegated the task of designing a pattern for the collar and cuffs and completing the embroidery prior to her divestiture at Midwinter.
I was given brief guidelines for the pattern design as Queen Eva had requested that the design include:
- King Felix’s dividers/compass motif,
- squirrels (the primary charge on Her device), and
- bats (a personal favourite of Her Majesty).
There happened to be a Kingdom A&S competition on blackwork cuffs held at the Midwinter event, and so I wrote this project up to enter. I ended up placing first in the competition, which was very exciting! And, Eva was happy with the pieces. So, all in all a successful project.
The full documentation I entered can be downloaded here: Blackwork Collar and Cuffs for Queen Eva I.
The documentation outlines a brief history of blackwork, and how it is relevant to 16th century Saxon garb (which was the style of Queen Eva’s divestiture garb). I also link what I did to period examples. There are also links to pattern/model books for those interested in looking at 16th century embroidery (particularly German) patterns.
They say that pictures speak a thousand words… so, here are some pictures!