H

is for holes.

I’d been already aware of the holes and their repairs in extant ms (there was a good article a few years ago in medieval clothing and textiles) and I’d been wanting to play with the technique. They occur mostly in the less important documents, and the less important pages, and are either flay holes from the processing of the skin, or are scars on the animal’s hide.But when I went on the open day one of the things that fascinated me the most was the way the animal remains physically present in the refined document, and I wanted to use this in my piece.

Obviously these are done in the wool, rather than in a skin, but the technique is the same. Alas, I was unable to get my hands on any vellum with a flay hole.

The technique is basically buttonhole stitch in sturdy silk, although it was a little bit nerve-wracking to cut holes in fabric under tension.

~ by opusanglicanum on August 24, 2017.

2 Responses to “H”

  1. I can imagine just how nerve-wracking it would have been – but it turned out well!

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