previous Petrus Christus
June asked if the new project was based on the goldsmith and his patron by petrus christus, this one…
and the answer is no, because I’ve already done that one, but many years before I started this blog.
Ok, so the silk brocade is a different colour, but its the same dress. The lady who sold me the silk was actaully pretty delighted to see the finished dress, she said I was the only one with the guts to make a whole dress from it – everyone else used small pieces. After six years of regular wear this is still one of my favourite frocks, as despite being trimmed with fur and lined in lieghtwieght wool, its comfortable and not too warm to wear on a hot day. Mind you, after six years I still haven’t managed to put a buckle on the black brocaded tablet woven belt I made to go with this, and I’m still wearing the gold brocaded one you see in the pic, which doesn’t quite go. Then again, that belt took 80 hours to weave, so I might as well get some use from it.
The main reason I’m so obsessed with christus though, is the hats.
The horns are made around two shaped peices of very heavy leather, the stuff JOhn uses for the soles of authentic shoes, which was pulled into shape with an internal rigging of linen thread. Thats then covered with a layer of wool fleece to round out the shape, and tightly overlaid with a chevron woven silk, and embroidered with a grid of gold thread and real pearls. Each horn took about four days solid work.
The horns are joined by a soft skullcap of the same silk. This is flexible enough to allow the sheer wieght of the horns to hold it down, and then two large pins go through the viel, through the cap, and through my hair, thus allowing virtually no movement of either hat or viel. I prance about in it, wear it on a breezy day, it doesn’t move. It does make me about a foot taller though, a fact which I tend to forget and consequently and end up tangled in tent rigging.
The Christus I’m currently obsessed with is this one
which is less well known. It’s that bubble-topped hennin that drew me in. Rachel, who is making the form for it, says it will make me look like an alien, but I don’t care.