It all started last November with a visit to the Pendleton store. Just look at what I found – an exceptionally lovely woven plaid. Not surprisingly, 11 yards came home with me. While I knew that I could document plaid fabrics to 14th century England (Museum of London, Textiles and Clothing pg. 50), I was not certain about using it for a houppelande.
And so, I set out to find evidence of woven plaid wool used to make a houppelande – and I found it! Located in Germany, at the Heidelberg University Library, is a text produced in workshop that existed in 1418 Alsace, France. This book tells Rudolf von Ems’ French tale Willehalm von Orleans (1235–1240). It is the story of an ideal knight striving to survive in a harsh world of practical realities. Imagine my excitement as I examied each page (wonderfully photographed and posted online) to find multiple plaid images.
And so, I’ve begun the process by cutting out the gown. Now I’m committed to the plaid – and loving it!
It started as an accident. I was making a breakdown queen size camping bed for us to use and mis-measured the height of the holes to cut in the corner posts. So I had 4 posts I couldn’t use. I didn’t want to throw them away so I thought I would use them to make a twin size breakdown camping bed. We didn’t need it so I contacted my knight, Sir Godric ap Rhys, and asked if he would sponsor the bed for the Knight’s Auction at 12th Night.
So, we packed it up and hauled it to Eugene on Friday, January 7 . . . most of it that is, it seems I forgot the plywood at home. After a quick trip to Home Depot (where they cut a second sheet of plywood I had purchased to the correct size at no charge) all was well once again.
I was disappointed with the price it sold for at the auction. I had spent over $300 to buy the oak lumber and plywood to make the bed and someone got it for the unbelievable price of $90!!! I would like to have helped the Kingdom raise more money. Next time I’ll probably just donate cash. However, that is the way an auction works, and it is good to know that an An Tirian has a new camp bed that should last for at least a couple of hundred years. 🙂