I’m going to warn you now that this is a kit post that is a little different to my usual ones, as it’s to do with how I style my hair as Lady Judith. If you’re looking for hair resources then I encourage you to peruse my previous post collecting some resources together, but today this is solely about the good Lady-Knight.
Photo by Mark Petrie, August 2017
One of the nice things about adventuring is that I honestly don’t do anything fancy with my hair (shock horror, I know!). It’s usually either in my customary clipped bun or in a loose braid, whatever I’ve done that day ahead of monstering. This does not affect my adventuring attire though, for I tuck my hair away under a plain St Brigitta’s Cap with a modified wimple pinned on top. Because I wear a helmet I didn’t want to have to pin up lots of fabric or faff with getting the rectangle just right when rushing around changing out of monster gear into player kit. So when I made my ‘summer’ wimple and veil with a silky man-made fabric (fatal error btw) I sewed the short edges of the wimple rectangle together to make a tube that I can just pull on over my head as I get into my lower layers and secure it with a safety pin at the top. Now, I can wear it loose like I do in the above photo or I fold some of the cloth to shape the wimple to my face before securing it to my cap with a safety pin.
Photo by Kirsten Barrett, August 2017
It’s rare, unless at events, that I get to play Lady Judith in her ‘normal’ attire which she would be seen in when not in armour on her Father’s lands. I like to think there is a selection of garment styles she wears, but most of them will include her cap and wimple (worn loosely as you can see above) or a cap and veil, or even the cap with hair bound in braids and a straw hat if she was out in the fields around harvest. She might even go about bare headed like Lady Marion from Robin Hood (one of her inspirations after all).
Still from Robin Hood, 2010. DVD, USA: Universal Pictures
Photo by Edward Matthews Photography, July 2017
Photo by my OH, November 2017.
Lady Judith has a couple of styles of banquet attire – one wearing her wimple and veil so that her hair is not visible, one where her hair is braided and ribboned and pinned so as to be displayed (like the cornettes worn by Neulakko), or with her hair braided and ribboned without the wimple. The latter depends on how warm the event is likely to be. At banquet or in court attire Lady Judith wears a simple braided copper circlet that is pinned in place at the sides of the veil.
When braiding the hair I brush my hair and part it down the rough centre to give me two bunches of hair for braiding. I then braid each side like pigtails starting as near to my temples as I can manage. Once finished I fold a long ribbon in half and slip this through a piece of my braid near the top. With the fold of the ribbon forming a loop, I slip the loose ends through the loop, and pull these ends tight to secure the ribbon before wrapping the ribbon around the braid in a similar fashion to Louise Anne Bateman’s Lattice braids. I braid my hair because it’s curly and if I left it loose it would not look tidy, but if you have straight hair that behaves itself you could possibly skip the braiding and just tie ribbon around your hair bunches like the lattice braids. After braiding my hair and ribboning it I pin the ends behind the start of their own braid with bobby pins and put on my embroidered St Birgitta’s cap to which I pin my wimple and veil.
I hope you enjoyed the brief look at how I dress my hair as Lady Judith Tirel, the Maid of Prudha’s Ridge.