The design style of the embroidery is consistent with existing coifs and painted representations of period embroidered items, the stitches used were commonly used in the years 1580-1600. A careful study of Elizabethan embroideries lead to the choice of the design motifs.The redwork inspiration coif is show next to the finished coif in one of the photos for comparison. The gold floss and gold spangles add a lively sparkle, which is especially apparent in candlelight.
The coif is constructed according to one of the patterns in Janet Arnold's "Patterns of fashion - 4" which details linens and personal wearing apparel that exists today, and while it is not a copy of any existing coif, is a good recreation of a typical Elizabethan coif.
Because this coif is worked entirely by hand, many hours were required to make it, and the best quality materials are used.
An instruction sheet detailing wearing instructions, cleaning and care will be included.
If you are interested in other styles or shapes of coifs please start a conversation with Woodsholme.
If you are interested in obtaining a pattern to make your own coif, please start a conversation with Woodsholme.