This line of thought brought me to another research string. The history of the kerchief... When were they first used? Were they used as we use them today?
According to Dictionary.com,
It sounds as if they were mostly used as headcoverings, but when did they start to be used for the hands and face?
ker·chief /ˈkɜrtʃɪf, -tʃif/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[kur-chif, -cheef] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
a woman's square scarf worn as a covering for the head or sometimes the shoulders.
[Origin: 1250–1300; ME kerchef, syncopated var. of keverchef < style="FONT-VARIANT: small-caps" href="http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=cover">cover, chief]
I found references to 'kerchef' in the following:
Testamenta Eboracensia: A Selection of Wills from the Registry at York - kerchef dated to 1522 as valued items to bequeath to another
Seige of Jerusalem - 1380-90
Sixteenth Century History - 1503 handkerchief was first introduced into Europe (but they don't say where, another site said Italy then soon after into France, but I lost the site)
Infoplease on the other hand indicates that they've been in use since the 1st century B.C., but they had different names; mouth or perspiration cloths, the sudarium, and napkyn.
Wikipedia: Sudarium - 'sweat cloth' from Ancient Rome
I think this gives me enough information to know that using the piece later as a handkerchief of sorts is feasible, considering they were made of linen, silk, and cotton (to name a few). So, I'll make it how I want the handkerchief and attach it to the steuchlein pleats for now, then figure out the wulst later. That should at least give me something to enter the A&S competition as well as show at the Roundtable. I'm all happy about this. :D Something temporary that will make a something permanent.