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White 14th century hood for a friends Pelican elevation – finished! :D

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By courtesy of Sir Thomas Blackmoore.

And after all my recent postings about the progress of my friends 14th century hood with pelican & knighthood embroidery, I can finally present to you the finished 14th century hood!

The picture at the left was taken shortly after my friend – Sir Thomas Blackmoore (sorry but I don’t remember all the other proper SCA titles he has) –  was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

It was a very beautiful ceremony in which his new 14th century hood was used as part of the regalia for his pelican elevation. I am still stunned about this detail and think that it is awesome that I the 14th century hood I made was used as a regalia for his elevation… *happybounce*

As I tend to develop a quite personal hate and love relationship to projects like this – my husband can tell how many times I swore that I will never ever do anything like this again and that I would like to burn the hood immediately – I am still a little bit sad to see my baby leave me. On the other side I am even more happy about the fact that this very special 14th century hood found a very good home where it will be cherished and well taken care of. Well, who could wish for more and Sir Thomas looks really very handsome in it, doesn’t he… 😀

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Photo by courtesy of Sir Thomas Blackmoore.

And – oh my – I can’t tell you how relieved I feel that I finally finished this project – I don’t mean the actual work at the hood itself but also the postings about it. This last project update feels like a personal closure to me where I am finally able to clear my mind from thinking about this project and can really focus on other projects. Well, speaking of projects, there are so many and – as you already know me – I am anyway already working at two new ones with even more on my mind… *lol*

But enough said, let’s take a look at the finished hood – enjoy! 😀

At the following two pictures you can see the 14th century hood laid out flat on the ground. This pictures show the final look of the rather basic pattern which I chose for this project very well:



…and here a look at the flat hood and the very special pelican patch on the front:



Btw. – one could think that the chosen pattern might be a little big but my friend, Sir Thomas, is a very tall man with quite some body and fills in the hood very well:


It was unfortunately too dark to take a full body picture but I hope the picture above still gives you a good impression of the final look. The rather big pattern on the hood just has the right size in relation to his body height and therefore doesn’t get lost in combination with the rest of his clothing. 🙂 

And now a close look at the finished patches for you:







As you can see on the pictures above, I decided to add some simple purple thread to hide the transition between the hood fabric and the pelican/knighthood patch as this part can look quite nasty if you don’t take care of it and hide it.

This part was actually done the same way as I already executed the borders of the knighthood and the pelican appliqué. Just this time I was also sewing on a patch instead of “just” securing and hiding the border of the appliqué fabric. The purple thread which you can see along the border of the thread is again a twist of two threads – this time two purple threads.

Every single twist I made allowed me an overlay which actually not only hides the border of the patch but also the sewing thread with which I apply the patch to the hood fabric. Yeah, sometimes solutions for a problem like this can be pretty easy. Though I have to warn you – it took nearly forever to sew one patch into place… *lol* …but it was definitely worth it! 😀

Before you ask – I counted the hours for this project and it took me about 203 hours to complete this hood (including the hand-sewing of the actual hood). 

And now that I finally posted the last pictures of the finished 14th century hood with pelican & knighthood embroidery for my friends pelican elevation, I can move on to the next project on my list and revisit my 12th century silk underdress project with Trapunto…

Best regards Racaire

Previous postings about this knighthood & pelican appliqué patches for the 14th century XL hood project for my friends Pelican elevation can be found here: