Wednesday 31 August 2022

Research Woes and Further Book News

Have you ever had one of those days when you're utterly unimpressed by medieval German monks?

As I continue to work on my book, I've been researching the topic of tablet woven brocade as a whole, as well as finding out more about specific objects. I've been finding weirdly conflicting information about the Chasuble of St. Wolfgang and have discovered that it isn't one object, but two! There are TWO chasubles attributed to the Saint, both held by the Regensburg Museum, both originating in the same German monastery, both the same distinctive early chasuble bell-shape, both made from dark blue silk samite fabric, and both adorned with gold brocaded tablet woven bands. Neither chasuble was actually worn by St. Wolfgang, as they were made after his death, possibly as acts of devotion in celebration of him. I'm now wondering just how many more chasubles exist, or have existed, that bear his name, likewise for the other objects I'm looking at and the saints that they are linked to.

As work on the book has progressed, I have come to the conclusion that it won't be ready, at least at the level of quality that I want, by the end of September, so I have revised my self-imposed deadline to the end of November. It's been a very busy summer in my day job and I just haven't had enough time spare to put into weaving, research and writing. My workload will be easing somewhat from September, so that should help things along. I will be posting updates about my progress here, as I have them. Thank you for your patience in this.

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