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- What's included?
This kit recreates an early English design from the bed head at Hardwick Hall, in Derbyshire, England. Hardwick Hall was built for the formidable Countess of Shrewsbury, known as Bess of Hardwick, in the late 16th century.
Bess was a notable figure in 16th century Elizabethan English society. She was the second richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I, and she and her husband were custodians of Mary Queen of Scots during her captivity. Bess and Mary were both famously passionate about their embroidery. We do not know who embroidered the original Oak Tree from which this design is taken, it is another mystery yet to be solved!
Linen size 10 1/2 x 12”
Design size 5 x 5”
Crewel Stem, Padded Satin, French Knots, Long & Short as ‘soft shading’
- What's in a Kit?
- Historically accurate "Z" twist Jacobean Linen Twill woven exclusively for us, accurately screen-printed with the design outline and stitch direction and length guide
- Appleton's 2-ply crewel wools in numbered skeins to match the easy-to-follow stitch chart
- Easy-to-follow, detailed illustrated step-by-step instructions
- Detailed, full size stitch chart showing the exact location of every stitch and colour
- Beginners booklet, "The Essential Guide for Newcomers to Crewel Work", including handy hints, getting started, needle threading and other embroidery tips
- One each of our bespoke gold-plated and polished nickel crewel needles