Saturday, 25 September 2010

It seems an awful long time in producing this! Module 3 Chapter 1

Strapwork - I have really enjoyed researching this subject, something I have never studied before or even thought I was interested in! But it has been fascinating. I looked at the obvious things first such as costume and as you can see I have taken it chronologically. I was going to separate the men from the women but in the end mixed them together. It is interesting to see the progression of the designs and also Henry and Elizabeth.
I left many of the images whole as they are such wonderful examples of the whole image.
Hope you can understand my writing! I probably took this too far in as much as I copied Queen Elizabeth's hand although somewhat squatter.

Note the lovely E R on the cushion in the above portrait
I became fascinated by armour and also this wonderful little jewel above from Torre Abbey in Devon.
Then a friend said did I know about Exeter Communion Cups - NO! but I do now. We are lucky in Exeter with St. Nicholas Priory which was turned into a Tudor home and has recently been refurbished in Tudor style. I was able to see an example of this silver and draw the design.
Tudor lettering and illumination was also a rich source for study.
then there was the influence of carpets!
and Spain.
I looked at domestic textiles and Blackwork separately.

I am interested in Ceylon stitch which I found on this coif above. Would it have been called that in Tudor times? I have to admit I never want to do these stitches EVER again! I was almost in tears till I discovered PIN TANGLE and two great videos showing me Plaited Braid stitch.

Now i have posted this I feel I am getting somewhere!


  1. What great research, Anne, and so beautifully presented. I do like your script!

  2. What a labour of love!Have you seen Nicholas Hilliard 's miniature portraits?They are so detailed and absolutely tiny.

  3. Great work , Anne, you have covered so much. I sympathise with your feelings on plaited braid stitch.

  4. What a wonderful and interesting post ... awesome presentation.

  5. Wonderful research Anne, you obviously loved the study, did you go to Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire? the painting of Elizabeth 1 in the 5th pic is there and it's so amazing to see the detail, so is the house and embroideries.
    It was lovely to share your in depth study, I really hope I do as well with the Opus Anglicanum.
    I'm looking forward to a visit to the new Medievil galleries at the V&A