Tag Archives: 14th century

Veil Pins are here!

I am now making veil and dress pins in glass and semi-precious beads. They are 1 3/4″ long and generally come in sets of 3 or 6 pins. Some of the materials are freshwater pearls, garnets, adventurine, amethyst, jade, Czech glass and more. More are being added all the time.

You can find them here! Martelvonc on Etsy

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Holdin’ up your socks and be stylin’!

One of the items I make with some regularity are garters for the medieval reenactment crowd. Garters are lengths of woven ribbon or braid used to support non-stretch stockings, socks, and hosen. Early in fashion history stockings were made out of woven material that was cut on the bias to give some stretch but they were still baggy and did not stay up around the knee where they were supposed to. In comes the garter. You put the stocking on, tie the garter over the stocking to your leg, and voila! Your leg covering stays put.  Generally below the knee pre-1600 or above the knee post-1600.

Garters came in many materials, woven wool, silk or linen. They were also leather with buckles, woven bands with buckles, or just tied around the leg. Some were very plain but if you had the money or the station they could be embroidered, pearled, or just fancy woven designs. All in all a useful fashion accessory that had a lot of potential for personalization.

If you are interested in a custom set of garters contact me for more information. I can weave or embroider your design. At this time I am not able to weave letters/phrases but I can embroider them. Depending on the complexity of design and the materials used, prices start at $25.00 per 31″ long pair.

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