Saturday, 28 May 2016
Hallo again , here are some of the little pieces that I embroidered whilst on our travels around Tewkesbury .
The patterns that I have chosen come from my favourite historical embroidery pattern book -
A Schole-house for the Needle by Richard Shorleyker published in 1632
It is said that some of these patterns may be from an even earlier date .
Before we left home , I gathered my embroidery supplies and plucked a small assortment of crewel wool , which I hoped would work for the little subjects chosen .
I particularly love the moth and enjoyed slowly working on him , deciding on colours and how to embroider him as I went along .
I,m going to make these up into little etui and note books ...pretty Christmas gifts ... with a little flavour of Shakespeare maybe ?
Today I will be putting my feet up and relaxing with my needlework in the Summerhouse
I wish you a happy and peaceful Sunday .
My husband had been lucky enough to win on Ebay two tickets to see Sudeley Castle , which is in the Cotswolds near Winchcombe , Gloucestershire last year , but our hearts sank as I has been called into hospital to have a kidney removed ...cancer ...sigh ..
While I had been recovering and pretty much oblivious to everything , my husband rang their office to explain and they very kindly extended our ticket to this year .
I really had been very ill and with post traumatic stress disorder..I really couldn't travel that far .
I want to say thankyou so much to the kind people in the office who extended the use of our tickets . We came up a couple of weeks ago and had the most lovely time ...and I bought one of Lady Ashcombe's Bread Plates ( the pretty green Victorian one with roses on ) which is now , very much in use , in my little Cornish kitchen .
I understand that the money raised through the sale of these lovely antiques and collectables is going to a local animal rescue home , which is a lovely idea !
Sudeley Castle was the home of Catherine Parr after the death of King Henry 8th . She had finally married the man she truly loved and came to live here and must have been so happy . Very sadly , she died after childbirth .
There are interesting collections to see , I was particularly interested in the costumes , embroidery and needlework , some of which is thought to have been worked by Catherine Parr .
The gardens are immaculate and a joy to walk around , I only wish we'd had more time , one visit is not enough to see everything . We took some refreshment from the cafe and sat at a picnic table outside , doing a little stitching of my own , listening to the birds singing and enjoying the view all around .
It wasn't too busy and I had a nice chat with the head gardener who was planting out Hydrangea paniculata ...we laughed , because there were actually more plants to see along the path , as we left , than there were ,when we first came in !
And away down beautiful country lanes , golden fields of mustard . We bought some mustard too from Tewkesbury to bring home for friends and family .
We visited Odda's Chapel and this ancient tree .
Wild flowers of every kind at our feet .
So much history all around . England at it's very best .
We drove through pretty villages with timber framed buildings ....taken back in time .....
I brought with me some small pieces of linen to embroider with patterns taken from my most favourite book of all , from the world of embroidery A Scholehouse for the Needle by Richard Shoreleyker 1632 .
I transferred the patterns before we left home and grabbed a small bundle of Appletons crewel wool , which I just took a chance on being suitable colours .
I will show you some more tomorrow ...got to dash !