Sheena Pennell

The Eleonora Project, Part 5: Fashion, Art, and the Propaganda Machine

Sheena Pennell explores the role portrait artists played in public relations during the years that the House of Medici reigned in Florence.

The Eleonora Project, Part 4: The Lifecycle of Women’s Clothing

Clothing in the Eleonora di Toledo’s time was expensive. As a result, garments were worn for many years, then they were handed down, cut down, or repurposed.

The Eleonora Project, Part 3: Knitting Guilds and the Medici

What did it mean to be a member of a knitting guild during the 1500s? Who was responsible for crafting Eleonora di Toledo’s burial stockings?

The Eleonora Project, Part 2: Adventures in Forensic Knitting

Sometimes it takes determination and a whole lot of detective work before the first stitch is cast on.

The Eleonora Project-Part 1

Read about one author's mission to re-create and adapt several pieces of Eleonora di Toledo's wardrobe using a combination of modern technology and historical practices.

Why Man-Made Fibers May Make a Poor Choice for Heirloom Textiles

A textile conservationist makes a passionate case for using natural fibers for treasured knitted and crocheted projects.