Hello, everyone. If you’ve been reading this site for a while, then you will notice that I’m a new face. My name is Margaret, or Bridget Walker in the SCA, and I’m very excited that Karinne invited me to join her on a site I’ve read and admired for years.
I joined the SCA in the early ’90s in a fit of Irish enthusiasm. My early efforts were generally generic Celtic or English, with some, shall we say, creative choices. I got more serious about costuming in the early 2000s and slid into the Low Countries as a “Flemish Market Girl” by way of Drea in Leed’s work on the Elizabethan Costume Page. From there I started dressing like a woman from one of Pieter Breughel’s paintings, which served me very well through three pregnancies. Finally, I returned to the market genre paintings, this time looking at the buyers, rather than the sellers.
Currently, I’ve been exploring the genre paintings and the formal portraiture from the 1560s up until about 1620, when the fashionable silhouette changes. Most of my work focuses on the one thing that really makes the clothing of the Low Countries stand out: the headdresses. Karinne and I met through the Facebook Elizabethan Costuming group entirely due to our mutual enthusiasm for the huik. I have also been experimenting with the little starched veils and caps that go under the huik and are seen in very good detail in the portraits.
I’ve put the handouts for the classes I have taught in the SCA in our “teach” section. One of them is a general overview class on all of the wonderful variety in Flemish head gear. The other class is focused on how to make and starch a linen cap, as well as how to dress the hair to go under it. Both classes included a lot of hands-on examples, so neither handout is meant to stand alone. My next few posts will expand on them. I’ve also added a gallery where you can see some of my previous projects. I hope you enjoy them.