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An Ambitious Project

I’ve been putting together a fairly ambitious project for a while, and finally decided to share it with the world. 

The Eleonora Project is a four-part project in which I recreate the burial stockings of Eleonora di Toledo, and create two dresses based on examples from her wardrobe. I’m currently researching and swatching for part one right now, which is a stitch-by-stitch recreation of the stockings, as close as I can make them. 

Eleonora di Toledo's stocking, post-conservation | 16th century clothing,  Elizabethan clothing, Historical clothingThe website is still under construction, but you can poke around to view some of the background information. I’m keeping it off the main KnotMagick site just because it’s so massive, and not directly related to the things I normally post about here, but every so often I’ll post a link here so you can check in, and there’s a link in the sidebar now so you can check it out later. 

If you’ve been around here long enough, you might remember waaaaay back in 2009/2010 when I was studying in Italy, Eleonora’s stockings were the basis of my thesis work, which addressed the conservation of burial garments and grave goods. These stockings have fascinated me for a long time, and I’m so happy I finally have the time, money, and resources to invest in this project. 

It’s going to take me a while. I’m doing this on top of everything else, but this–making recreations, taking historic garments and adapting them to other decades or styles–this is what I want to do. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would quit my job so I could write full time and do this. I’ve put things on hold for so long due to my mental and physical health, or my schedule, or my finances, that it feels good to finally be doing the things that really interest me, that I’m passionate about. Honestly, moving out here was the best thing I ever did, even if that move was absolute hell. But I digress. 

You can find out more about exactly what I’ll be doing right here, and I’ll be adding more historical and cultural background information over the next few months, so if you’re a fan of Renaissance history, stay tuned.