Shells and Tudor roses

I was behind with preparation for the Workshop on Saturday as I’d been laid low by the cough and cold currently circulating the village. I managed to find time over the weekend to gather together all the materials and am now able to look forward to it. Canvaswork is one of my favourite techniques and I had great fun creating the shells being used as examples of the ways to rise above the surface.

Raised shells on canvaswork

Recently I’ve been interested in the structure and decoration of Tudor women’s dress. It was one of those fleeting thoughts, sparked by the recent In Fine Style exhibition. Before the advent of the Internet I probably would not have got around to taking it forward, tracking down relevant books and ordering them from the library. Now however, no sooner thought about than explored! The portraiture is easily accessible so I have been engaging with numerous named and anonymous fashionable ladies and their wonderful embroidered garments. This is one of my favourites, from the Tate Gallery.  A young lady, possibly Helena Snakenborg, 1569.  Her dress is so much more light-hearted than many of the formal court gowns we see.

Helena Snakenborg ? 1569