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    Hat Display Kingdom A&S 2012

    For this event, I created a display of hats I have made over the last couple of years. Included are the tall and round-crown knitted bonetos, a woven wool bag hat, and a knitted and fulled flat boneto (pattern by Sally Pointer.

    Me chatting with Lord Alejandro. Photo by Tannis Baldwin.Photo by TJ King


    Embroidered goblet cover

    This was one of those projects that happens because I am bored and procrastinating starting other things. One of my great annoyances with outdoor events is the frequent appearance of bugs, dirt, and other crap in my drinks. Someone whose blog I follow posted a bunch of pictures of her embroidered goblet covers, and I had to make one. Procraftination at its best.

    This little goblet cover is only medievaloid. While I have found some lovely examples of Spanish and Italian chalice covers (for chalices of Communion wine), I don't have any evidence that they were ever used in an everyday context. The embroidery pattern is a Moorish star motif from a class I took ages ago on Moorish design, and the tassels and bird beads were my solution to needing enough weight to counteract a small breeze.

    The cover is blue linen embroidered in white DMC cotton thread. The tassles are the same thread, and the beads are from stash.

    I ran out of transfer paper, so I pinned the paper pattern to the linen and embroidered straight through it.

    Tiny silver birds, silver filigree beads, and red glass beads



    Medievaloid Pincushions

    Here are two pincushions I made as gifts for Twelfth Night 2012. Both are embroidered in silk thread on linen; the interior cushion is a wool flannel bag filled with emory sand. The motifs are taken from the emboidery pattern book Here Be Drolleries, and the letters are based on extant 14th century alphabets.

    A tiny grotesque for Ascelyn.

    And a camel for Mistress Violante. Here's a detail of the stitches - split stitch for the outline and speckle stitch for the fill:



    Elizabethan Sweet Bag

    This little bag was my very first attempt at blackwork embroidery. The pattern is taken from Jane Bostocke's sampler. The bag is DMC perle cotton floss on even weave linen fabric, linen with pink fine linen.

    I entered this piece in Calontir's Queen's Prize Tourney in 2004.

    Front, with US quarter to scale.


    Closeup of embroidery pattern

    Attached pincushion


    Knitted and fulled round-crown boneto

    Source Images

    Fernando Gallego. Nacimiento de la Virgen. 1490.

    Juan de Flandes. Raising of Lazarus. 1510

    Master of the Catholic Monarchs. Marriage at Cana. 1495

    Maestro de Milaflores. Degollación de San Juan Bautista. 1490-1510




    US 10.5 dpns or circular needle

    1 skein Cascade 220 (or 220 yards of any 100% wool worsted weight yarn)



    Cast on 120 stitches. Mark beginning of round.

    Knit plain (stockinette stitch) until work measures 5 inches from cast on edge.

    Decrease row: k3, k2tog around. 96 stitches remain.

    Work plain until work measures 11 inches from cast on edge.


    Crown shaping:

    Row 1: (k10tog, k2tog)*

    Row 2 and 3: knit plain

    Row 4: (k8, k2tog)*

    Row 5 and 6: knit plain

    Row 7: (k7, k2tog)*

    Row 8: knit plain

    Row 9: (k6, k2tog)*

    Row 10: knit plain

    Row 11: (k5, k2tog)*

    Row 12: knit plain

    Row 13: (k4, k2tog)*

    Row 14: knit plain

    Row 15: (k3, k2tog)

    Row 16: (k2, k2tog)*

    Row 17: (k2, k2tog)*

    Row 18: (k1, k2tog)*

    Row 19: k2tog*

    Break yarn and pass end through remaining stitches. Pull to close opening (not too tight, or the top will pucker), and weave in ends.


    Place the hat in a wash bag or pillowcase and put it in the washer with detergent and several towels (for added agitation). Wash the load on hot until the hat shrinks as much as you want – this is subjective, and the hat can be blocked to slightly different finished dimensions if you want it taller. Make sure the finished item fits the circumference of your head.

    I blocked my hat over a kitchen bowl with the same circumference as my head. To form the tall, rounded crown, I padded the top of the bowl with a couple of plastic garbage bags, and then wrapped the bowl and bags in a plastic grocery sack. I stretched the damp hat over the form and smoothed the sides down with my hands to form the shape I wanted.

     I usually tie a ribbon, string, or piece of linen tape tied around the crease between the brim and sides of the hat to keep the brim from spreading the rest of the hat out of alignment.


    Let your hat dry for several hours in front of a fan, or overnight.

    Dry shaping:

    Place the hat on your head over any foundation veils or head wrap you plan to wear along with the hat. Fold the brim up toward the crown of the hat and pin in place with straight pin. Tack the edges down with thread. Decorate with slashes, beading, or trim as desired.