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Sewing Tutorial:
14th Century Silk Fillet With Bling

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The fillet with decoration is the domain of the noble and upper class ladies. Often made of metalwork, but also of silk, these can be made with a tablet woven band or fabric. I've made a couple of silk ones with gemstones and flower decorations which are similar to the ones seen on statues in Europe and high medieval art.

Here I will show you how I made mine with flowers of real pearls and garnets.

What you need:
All you need is thread, a needle, pins, scissors, ruler, pen or pencils, a long strip of silk the circumfrence of your head plus about 1.5cm overlap, a strip of canvas or aida cloth the circumfrence of your head plus 1cm.

  Step 1
You will need to decide how high you want your fillet to be.

Step 2
Cut your canvas.

I made mine a ruler width and 62 cm long so it goes around my head. I've allowed a little extra to fit a hairnet and hairpiece as well. 62cm was my TOTAL of all of those combined. I have a small head.

Mark it out with a pencil and then cut to size.

This is what you will be using as a base for the linen, and will provide a little bit of stiffness.


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