I’m working on a project that I want to enter into the Handweavers Guild Show. It’s going to be silk sewing thread (size A), 74 tablets, double-face and brocade.
It’s really difficult to manage the graphs for a ribbon like this – the intended final dimensions are something like 1.25″ wide, by 29″ long. To get a better idea of proper scale, open the big graph, and look at it somewhere that you can control the size a bit more.
On my screen, this one (above) is just a little smaller than the finished size.
The red lines are for registration, and won’t be part of the final design – I left them there for this version, though, because they help me look at the design correctly.
The quote is from a 1607 book by Nicholas Geffe, called “The Perfect Vse of Silk-Wormes, And Their Benefit” – PDF of that here.
These are images (cut from the PDF) of the passage:
I’ve opted for original spellings and long-s’s, although I’ve changed to a slightly different shape of font, because it’s one I had graphed up. I don’t think I could get the antique-type look of the book, without having the letters be substantially larger. The lettering turns at the end of the line and heads back… I just liked the graphic of that.
The section that I’m putting in the ribbon is:
“and to keepe them sweet you shal often sprinckle the floore with vineger, after to strew it with some herbes of a good smell, as with lauandar, spike, rosmarie, time, sauorie, pennie royall, and such like: adding some times, perfumes, made with frankencense, beniemin, storax, & other odoriferous drouges, which shall be burnt on coales”
I’m constantly amazed with these old books, how SPOILT the silkworms were! I keep expecting to find something about purple velvet cushions. I think most of the herbs are self-explanatory, although a couple you have to know: Beniemen is Gum Benjamin, also known as Gum Benzoin; spike is most likely Spikenard, although it may refer instead to Spike Lavender (also sometimes called Spikenard, just to make things confusing).
The ribbon will join at the center to a bone carved pendant of a moth/butterfly – like this:
I’m still working out exactly how the joint is going to be made, but it will most likely involve sewing a little jewelry finding on to the ribbon ends and using a jump ring to join to the pendant.
I’m still debating whether or not it needs a tassel.
Question for some of the more medievally-minded folks who may read this journal: do you find the lettering relatively legible? Some of the spacing was really tough – often, the Textura Quadrata letters become indistinguishable if they’re squished up against each other, but look too spread out of they’re spaced with more air. It’s hard to choose, and some times I used both options within the same word. I can read it, but it’s kind of like reading your own handwriting – I know what it’s SUPPOSED to say!