Penso e Creo

This is the blog of Nobildonna Fiore Leonetta Bardi (Fee-oh-re) also known as Fiore di Bardi (she/her), my fictional self. I am primarily a costumer, specializing in Florentine dress from the mid-1560s to ~1590, hand sewing, and embroidery. My area of interest includes research of life as an illegitimate woman of mixed race in Florence, the Florentine Camerata, artifacts and practices for a noblewoman of this time — including the practice of hunting and falconry in Florence, and Florentine textiles.

Giubbone e Sottana Senza Busto di Panno Alto

On a recent trip to Mood NYC, I was fortunate to have skilled help in the wool department looking for blue wools. After selecting a lovely dark herringbone twill, I was introduced to double-faced wool satin. I had never heard of such a thing. It is a dense and soft, worsted with a 61″ warp. … More

Illegitima e Un Po Nera

When looking towards Florence in the 16th century, one immediately encounters the Medici. Encountering the Medici, a woman of African-descent immediately notices that there is something about Alessandro that bears further study. It did not take me long to find the sometimes controversial view that Alessandro was not just illegitimate but also of mixed African … More

Ropa Española

I took a little clothing project rest after Investiture but events conspired against me. My child continues to insist on growing and so did not have a coat for upcoming outdoor events. They decided they wanted a coat from Alcega’s pattern book and I decided it had to be fast as I had two days. … More

Lapis Lazuli

Believed to be the oldest commercially mined gem, Lapis came primarily from Bactria or what is modern-day Afghanistan. Lapis has in its long history (dating back to 700 B.C.), been used as gem adornment but also carved to make functional and ornamental items. In Florence, its primary use was as pigment making the “most perfect … More


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