Veiling a Queen

Last spring, after the Kingdom of An Tir’s A&S championship, Queen Gwyneth Gower asked if I would be willing to make a frilled veil for her. I could not pass up the opportunity to veil a beautiful 14th century Queen who happened to also be a dear friend of mine.

And so the search began…how to veil a Queen?

Képes Krónika 1358 - Kingdom of Hungary

Képes Krónika 1358 – Kingdom of Hungary

Queen of Denmark Euphemia of Pomerania

Queen Esther from Tirsted Church

After gathering several images of Royal ruffles, I began to consider the best style of frilled veil for Queen Gwyneth. I decided to create a long veil that could be folded on itself three times to match many of the brasses that appear to have three layers of ruffles. I consulted with Maitresse Elisabeth de Besancon, who had created a longer 15th century ruffled veil in this style.

From Burgos Cathedral
Foto: Marianne Vedeler

With much consideration, I set out to construct Queen Gwyneth’s veil at three times her shoulder to shoulder measurement with a front and back ruffle. This would be folded to create a layered ruffle look. After reading a report on a 14th Century Queen’s ruffled veil find in Prague that had included some embellishment, I made the decision to add a pearl embellisment to Queen  Gwyneth’s veil.

~ Cristiana

The outer edge of the large rectangle was hemmed on all sides.

A long veil strip was hemmed for the ruffle.

Completed veil strip.

The edge strip is ruffled as it is sewn to the veil.

Ruffled Edge

Pearls were added to the Queen’s veil.

Queen Gwyneth wears the ruffled veil at July Coronation over a ruffled cap made by Maitresse Elisabeth de Besancon.

The Fretwork Veil (Part 2)

 When thinking about how to design this fretted veil, the thing I struggled with the most was always shape. How many layers were the frets actually attached to? Was it one long veil folded back and forth? If so, wouldn’t the frets collapse as they were bent around at the folds? In the end, I designed one row of frets and folded the veil linen in half, with a center seam. It was the images below, which can be located at, that gave me a better idea of how the sides of a frilled veil might hang and look.

I entered this veil as a single entry in An Tir’s Kingdom A&S competition in March. Despite months of previous work, I was still up much of the night with final preparations. Thank goodness for a couple of my dearest friends who stayed up to help me and keep me going. 🙂

~ Cristiana