The Early Modern Commons

Sarah A Bendall

Recent Posts

Preparing raw wool for use in Early Modern Historical Dress Reconstruction

8 January 2018

Man shearing a sheep, early sixteenth century. The British Library, Egerton 1147, f. 11v.   Wool was a commonly used natural material in early modern Europe. Besides being spun...

Rebato Collar, c. 1600-1625 | Part One: Pattern and Materials

18 December 2017

William Larkin, Portrait of Grey Brydges, 5th Baron Chandos, of Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire, c. 1615, Yale Center for British Art.   The structural fashions of the early modern...

Early Modern Upcycling: Eighteenth-century shoes from the Joseph Box Collection at MAAS

15 October 2017

The Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences (MAAS) in Sydney, formerly the Powerhouse Museum, has an amazing collection of shoes that range from medieval work shoes to modern haute couture....

Apologies & an update!

29 September 2017

I just realised that it has been ages since I last posted anything, so apologies to all my blog followers! The last four months has been so hectic and now I’m only a few weeks...