Silk Filet

While researching numerous types of ruffled veil designs a couple of years ago, I realized that in example after example I was seeing not just one veil, but a combination of ruffled veils, ruffled caps, and decorative filets. Over many hours of study and admiration, these 3 effigies and brasses particularly stood out to me.

After experimenting and constructing several different styles of ruffled veil, I decided that I really wanted to make a filet to use in creating more layered looks with the veils. This would also have the effect of enhancing the versatility of each of these items, as they could be combined and recombined in different ways.

Based on information from Textiles and Clothing (pg. 19), I chose to work with reeled silk. I came as close as I could to the type of silk described here, though I suspect the thread that I was able to obtain is a bit heavier that what was used to weave the original. Like the extant filet, I wove with 26 tablets, 4 turned together as border (2 per side) and 22 turned together in the center.

The extant 14th century filet shows impressions from mounts that were attached. I chose fleur de lis mounts, made by Alicia LeWilfulle, as they are part of my personal heraldry. (And, I love them!) The back post for riveting was cut off so that I could sew these to the filet, in keeping with the technique displayed in the extant piece. As a side note, the weaving on this filet is so tight that it actually would be quite difficult to pierce with a rivet post.

I have enjoyed wearing this filet and using it to create new looks. I would like to weave another filet in colored silk and one that is a bit narrower in width.

Crowfoot, E., Pritchard, F., & Staniland, K. (1992). Textiles and clothing:1150-1450. London: The Boydell Press.

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