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Accessories
 

This is the best part of wearing Elizabethan garb. Making and wearing all the fun accessories.! I try to find similar jewelry, fans and head wear that I see in paintings and other sources. Here are a few examples of the extras that I have collected or made. These are not meant to be historical reproductions. I am trying for the right "look"
 


Detail of fan from a portrait of Elizabeth by an unknown artist 

My fan.
 This fan is based off of the feather fans that appear in so many portraits of Elizabeth. Since I am not a metalsmith and have no plans to become one, I try to find materials to substitute. Fan was made from the most unlikely materials. A silver plated spatula from a wedding service set is the foundation. Ostrich plumes are sandwiched with glue between layers of thick felt. The felt pieces are cut to fit the shape of the spatula. The felt and feathers are covered with pearled and beaded velvet. The whole is glued to the top of the spatula (so that the underside shows). Ribbon is used to finish the edges. 

 

My blackwork gloves

Pictured to the right is a coif that I made from a machine embroidered white work fabric. In Elizabeth's day, married women wore some sort of head covering most of the time. I wear my coif either alone or under the hats I have made to go with each gown. I do not wear a hand embroidered coif because I like to be able to throw it in the washer with some bleach.
 Elizabeth had very fine hands and loved anything that drew attention to them. One of the things she was fond of was gloves.
  I, on the other hand, (no pun intended!) have not so fine hands. I made a pair of glove as favors. My husband wears the one with the A on it and I wear the one with the T. 
     Pictured to the right is an example of a decorative cuff that was attached to a leather glove. 

Arnold, QE unlocked. page 83 figure 143 

Scented Pomander made from a Christmas ornament my Laurel gifted me.