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Female headcoverings

Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:19 pm
by christiana m
Greetings all, I am in search of 14th c. woman's head covering patterns or ideas. Every where I look I'm not fiding good resources.
Please help,

Re: Female headcoverings

Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 8:31 am
by lucy the tudor
According to Sara Thursfield, in the Medieval tailor's assistant,for the simplest versions to do,you would want either a knotted kerchief- either 70cm square, knot the two adjacent corners at the back of the head and allow the rest to fall back over the knot ( can pin to hair), or 70 cm by 120 cm knot the corners of the short end at the back of the head, allow the rest to fall back over the the knot, then bring the lower end of the rest back up over the head, ensuring the back of the neck is still covered, and pin at the sides..
Or a wrapped kerchief ( from 1200 onwards) 45 by 120, drape one end over the head, tucking in the folds which form over the forehead, bring the long end under the chin, round the back, and tuck in the end at the front again- this one stays in place well without pins if you wind it carefully and tuck in the ends firmly.

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Re: Female headcoverings

Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:44 pm
by Colin Middleton
Sarah's been doing some research lately about women's head coverings. If you can aford it, I'd recomend getting a day booked in her workroom and you'll be amazed what you can learn.

Best way to contact her is through her website (

Best wishes

Re: Female headcoverings

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:32 pm
by Lady Willow
Here is a link to a site which has a good basic pattern which I found works very well.

... or Google ''How to make a wimple'' and it takes to you a number of how-to sites.

Re: Female headcoverings

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:17 pm
by Karen Larsdatter
Some more possibilities for you, depending on what sort of portrayal you typically do - a goffered (frilled) veil for a particularly well-to-do lady, or this simple cap which would work well for a working woman. You could also consider a hood.

These links can help you figure out some different combinations of veils and wimples, and which may work best for you. (My favorite resource is this set of photos from a class.) There's also several bloggers who experiment with different headcoverings for 14th century women; Edyth Miller is a fairly good read.

(When I do 14th century, I tend to wear a linen coif as the bottom layer, and then pin the wimple & veil onto that.)