Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fabric Slashing Technique

You will often see pictures of Henry VIII in which his clothing has been slashed and the underneath fabric exposed. Henry was a large man of above average height and could carry the wide silhouette that was popular in his day...stuffing sleeves and shoulders, puffing and slashing...a style that carried on even after his death.

An interesting bit of trivia......Henry was reportedly one of the best dressed monarchs in the known world in his day and apparently spent 16,000 ducats on clothing annually, which would be about $3,140,000 today.

Here is a video by Colouricious with fiber artist Fay Maxwell discussing her embroidery and later demonstrating her slashing techniques, taking this Renaissance costume embellishment a step further and incorporating it into modern use.

I think this would be an interesting and unique technique for costuming a doll and definitely a way to use up all those bits and pieces of fabric that all of us have. 


Lunch Lady Jan said...

How interesting is that technique? You do discover some unusual stuff!!

Ron Anger said...

that is a really interesting idea. Hhhhhmmmmmm, I may have to incorporate that somewhere. :)
Great Idea Mary Ann! Thanks for sharing it!

elle said...

An excellent video. Thank you, Mary Ann!

Soggibottom said...

One good thought :-) Not so much fabric required for a doll... :-) My word that guy needed some exercise... Oops... off with my head !
:-) X X X

JennyPennyPoppy said...

What an extremely interesting and well presented video clip. Just watched it all on my break at work and just want to go home and try this out. Thank you very much for posting it!!

lettice leaf said...

My head is bursting with ideas... What fun!