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Swabian dress #4: Where I build a door

07 Nov

If you know me, you know there are a few things that I really don’t particularly care for.  Beading is one of those things. And yet, I will be doing another beaded dress.

I have been asked to build a Swabian dress., that reflects the various regions of our Barony.  Salamander for the Barony, squirrels for the Canton, and ivy leaves for the Baliwick. Our baronial device is a salamander, “Gules, a Salamander sable dancing in flames, environed of a laurel wreath proper, on a chief argent a hurst of three trees, maple, pine and oak, proper, between a quill and a quill inverted, gules.” Which if you are a herald and playing along, this written in 1971, so it is what it is.  So I mocked up a sleeve, sent it over and the reaction was “I trust you…”

Discussion ensues with various folks who know more than I do. And I decided to scrap this plan and go with plan B.  I wanted something more heraldic. More real. Just …  More.

Fast forward to today, and enter the door.

http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/search-the-collections/120016572?img=0

It is beautiful.  The salamander is perfect.  The flames are perfect. The finial is perfect.  A variation of this will be on the sleeve. I will be replacing the “F” with either a “B” or an “Y” depending on what the wearer would like.  The sleeve will have ivy vines and leaves that will carry over to the 11/2 of the bodice front and back of the dress.  Interspersed throughout the leaves will be squirrels and smaller salamanders.  But the center piece of the dress will be the sleeve.  Now off to the design board.

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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in 15th century, Embroidery, Heraldic

 

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