About Cynthia

I am a textile artist, embroiderer, wood burner, costumer, painter, and weaver who sees magic and change in the chain stitch and a well done Palestrina knot. I wish I had more control over the ways of the human world but alas, all I can control are my actions and my attitude in life and the consistency of my stitches. And sometimes even that doesn’t pan out as hoped and I must rip rip rip.


“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work.”

– Emile Zola

This site deals exclusively with 14th century English and French women’s clothing. The Luttrell Psalter (see Glimpses of Medieval Life on the British Library website) and the Greenland finds ( Woven Into the Earth) are the specific focus.

There are no new demos scheduled at this time but there a few older demos, still relevant, that need to be added. Please enjoy what is here, it is free for your personal use offline. If you would like to use any of the information on this site for teaching please contact The Medieval Tailor for permission. Please don’t use the information here for any other website without discussing and obtaining permission from the tailor in advance.

This site is not affiliated with the Medieval Tailor’s Assistant, another great resource. The information on this site is free and not published anywhere else.