By My Hand: Gloves and Mittens

"Cold hands, warm heart?" The warmth of your heart is up to you, but Dame Aoife has help for keeping hands warm during winter's chill.

Greetings, my Faithful Readers!

This week's list is all about keeping your hands toasty and spiffy looking in the upcoming cooler autumn weather. Let's face it, those skiing gloves are going to look mighty out-of-place with your garb. If you've wondered about the historical aspects of mittens and gloves, don't worry--they predate history! So if your planned gloves have five fingers, or only three, or if you definitely want a certain ethnic style of mittens, the following links are for you.

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Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon
Riverouge, Endless Hills, Aethelmearc

Stefan's Florlegium - gloves.msg
(Excerpt from ONE message of many) As it happens, I just read a book about the knitting technique that Arastorm (sp?) refers to. You knit a pair of wool mittens several sizes too big, and then you felt them. This involves putting the mittens in very hot water, and rubbing them over a felting board (looks somewhat like a washboard, only with slightly sharper edges.) You keep doing this until they've shrunk enough to fit. Apparently (I haven't tried the technique yet, though I intend to), this results in water resistant and wind resistant mitts that keep you warm even when soaking wet (a quality which I am sure Maritime fishermen appreciate).

3 Fingered Gloves by I Marc Carlson
(Site Excerpt) Back in Jan 2002, a question was raised on the 75 Years Group at Yahoogroups (A re-enactment discussion list focusing on c1300) regarding the use of gloves in the 1300s. Although a number of depictions of the more familiar 5 fingered gloves were seen, there were also several examples of 3 fingered gloves found in pictures from the 1300s and 1400s by "Stella", "Roel Oosterop", "Joeri Teeuwisse", "Melanie Wilson", and "Catherine Mensforth".

The Place of Gloves in Free Masonry
This is a treatise on the history of gloves. I'll bet all you white glove wearers out there didn't know about the link between color and certain organizations....

More Medieval Egyptian Knitting
(Site Excerpt) These are knit of fingering weight wool, except for the space dyed stripes, which is DK weight. The space dyed yarn is not a blue-purple as it appears in this scan; it is actually a very muted color. I am using US size 1 needles, my gauge is 9 stitches and 10 rows per inch. They are knit beginning at the tip and worked toward the cuff, like many socks and mittens in Eastern Europe, Turkey, and other parts of Northern Europe

Gloves of Emperor Frederick II
(Site excerpt) These gloves were made in the early 13th century for the coronation of Emperor Frederick II. As with many of the other sumptuous garments that make up the Insignia of the Holy Roman Empire, the gloves were made in the Royal Workshops of Sicily. These gloves were worn by the Emperor at his coronation in 1220.

The Renaissance Tailor-From Pattern to Hand
(Site Excerpt) The most difficult part of making gloves is not in the construction. Nor is it in the drafting of the pattern (although there are some surprises there). Nope... the most difficult part of making gloves lies in choosing the proper materials and preparing those materials. I can hear you saying to yourself, "wait a minute... that's always been the easy part!". Well, normally, it is.

Costumer's Manifesto: Elizabethan Gauntlet Mittens
Gloves and cuffs
by Dyan du Lac Calendre
Ansteorra - Rosenfeld
The King's Glove
by Mirianna Wrenne (Valerie Oswald)
Gloves to be presented to the Kingdom of the East at Gulf War X March 2001
Gloves with Blackwork cuffs by Lyssa Clark
Gloves by L Scoville
Gloves by R W Trump

The Glove Website
(Site Excerpt) When I first set out to create this page in June of 1997 I did so knowing that there were no other sites out there like this one. I have since found out that the reason for that was because this is a secret art. It is protected still in Europe by guilds. Free patterns for making gloves were nonexistent on the web. I created this site so that the art of making gloves would not continue to die the death that we are seeing.
Bibliography and Links to Glove Books
for sale, most are out of print.

Evidence of Gloves from the 12th to the 16th Centuries
(Site Excerpt) Archaeological evidence for mittens(1) predates the medieval period in Europe and hand coverings of some sort have been a necessity if not also a fashion accessory throughout the medieval period. This article focuses on evidence from the 12th century(2) to the end of the Elizabethan period in Europe and the British Isles and deals only with gloves.

Are You Wearing Woolies? Medieval Knitting, Naalbinding
A past Links List on the subject.