Sunday, December 2, 2012

Lace and Fabric Journal

My newest lace and fabric journal is ready to begin the rounds to the creative ladies in my round robin group. My theme is medieval horses in all their finery, and I had so much fun doing the research for this!

Here are some facts you might like to know about medieval horses.  Their stature, in general, was smaller than their modern counterparts.  Horses of the middle ages were not usually differentiated by "breed," but rather by use.  There were "chargers" (war horses), "destriers" (the finest war horses), "palfreys" (well-bred riding and hunting horses), and cart or pack horses.

The medieval period gave rise to some significant horse technology, including the stirrup, the nailed horseshoe, and the horse collar, which allowed horses to puller a greater amount of weight.  While saddles had been used for several centuries, improvements were made in their construction during the middle ages, and beneath the saddle, caparisons - saddle cloths - were sometimes worn. These were often decorated or embroidered with heraldic colors, generally used by the upper classes.

It was not unusual for daughters or wives to share the family trade, and thus women also worked as farriers and saddle makers.  Upper class wives often accompanied their husbands to crusade or tournaments, riding on horseback or in a wagon.  Women rode astride, and it was not unknown for them to ride war horses. Joan of Arc was the most famous female warrior of the medieval period, but many others also took part in warfare.
 Here is my book cover. The right side is a flap that folds over onto the cover.  On the left are three buttons that will be part of the page binding when the book is completed.

Front cover

With the right side flap open

 Button binding on the spine

Open up the book, and here is the inside left cover.

A painting of a destrier I made based on medieval artwork inside back cover.

Left side page inside of the book.  

Closeup of the lace detail

Right-side page - The Joust 

 Making a journal - whether fabric and lace or paper and glue - is always a journey for me. I truly loved traipsing through the middle ages while creating this one. Thanks for joining me!!


Janet Ghio said...

Is this the second fabric journal round? Looks like a good one

Eileen Bellomo said...

Teri, you do such gorgeous fabric work, I envy everyone in your group who will receive a page from you.
Your equine journal is just beautiful, and I love the closure you designed.

Monica said...

This is really fabulous Teri and such lovely lace. Fine lace is so pretty and you have truly incorporated it so well. Your pages really do express the interest and joy you find in this project. The book will be a truly artistic treasure.

Socrates said...

Those horses are just outstanding. I've never see those images. Stunning. They look so gorgeous with all the lace, fantastic job.

Cynthia said...

The lace is just perfect and love your painting of the destrier. The background is just gorgeous as well. I bet it is yummy to hold.

thepinkrachael said...

I'm always so impressed with your lace and fabric work - so talented! so interesting to read about the women in the middle ages too.

Holli said...

What an interesting post.... I enjoyed this!!

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Your fabric book is stunning! I love the brilliant images and rich colors. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!


suziqu's thread works said...

Wow Teri
This is a horse wonder work of great love!
Such beautiful images you have chosen, deep rich fabrics and magnificent laces - all combining to create an amazing medieval lacebook.
Truly well done!
I love the image of the first inside page on the left - I can really feel your love of this beautiful creature!

Sending you lots of Christmas blessings in a quite somber mood right now - very sadly!

Love and hugs from one of your lacebook fans,