14th Century Aumoniere or Alms Purse

Project details include period appropriate fabrics, hand embroidery in silk threads using split stitch, satin stitch, and long & short fill stitch, and finger loop laces from period braiding sources.

8 Responses

  1. Baroness Aranwen Ap Rhys Verch Gwalter

    Beautiful stitching! I really like the design and layout.

  2. Madoc Arundel

    Good afternoon THL Lisette. As I told another entrant, I was very excited to see your entry as my first forays into SCA A&S were pouch making.

    Excellent documentation. I would only ask that in making statements about the period pieces that you annotate it so the reader can follow up with the specific source if they have a desire to dig deeper. (That’s a fancy way of saying ‘footnotes help’.)

    I love the fact that you used what appear to be all period materials, and actually got a chuckle out of the fact that you had them on hand before lockdown… you must have quite a stash.

    As a long-time herald, I like the fact that you incorporated the recipient’s heraldry into the piece.

    I like the inclusion of numerous photos in your paper. I would have liked to have seen more of the “work in progress”; but there were sufficient close ups for me to get a good idea of the stitching and the proportions.

    I like that you included museums as references. I learned some time ago on one of my research projects that museums are wonderful sources. If you contact them directly, you can almost always find a curator who is thrilled to talk in-depth about their pieces to interested parties.

    Overall a beautiful piece. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

    • Lisette

      Thank you for your comments and feedback! I, too, wished that I had taken more progress pictures. I will endeavor to include footnotes in the future. Thank you, again!

  3. Katja

    Wow, what a striking piece! Beautiful work with even stitching and smooth fingerlooping. I enjoyed reading your documentation — it was clearly and well written, with explanations of your chosen materials and techniques that make it easy for someone who hasn’t done these arts to understand them. Nicely done!
    Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina, OP, OL, BC, Thescorre

  4. Queen Liadain

    Well done Your Ladyship! A striking piece for certain. This style purse is one of my favorites and I do appreciate how you have incorporated the recipients Arms. Side note: I love heraldry and that I knew instantly who this purse belongs to. 😉 That aside, kudos to you on the entirety of your project from design to execution. Thank you!

    • Lisette

      Thank you, Your Majesty, for your words! I enjoyed making the piece and am happy that it was so well received.