I have always been attracted to medieval imagery and colours be they bright or faded, drawn, painted or woven. I was in seventh heaven to see it for real.
I really wanted to see embroidery and found that (other than clerical vestments) paintings were generally the best way to get an idea of costume which was highly embellished with gold and silk and amazing laces. Here are a couple of images from the Civic Museum in Padua.
I was really taken with the painting of a boy (above). I have plans to try and make an art doll which reflects this image.
And I was staggered by the detail in the woven tapestries. The following are a couple of deails from the huge tapestry in the same museum. Check out what the horses got to wear in the second image below.