Elizabethan Acorn Kit
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This kit recreates an early English design from the bed head at Hardwick Hall, in Derbyshire, England. Hardwick Hall was created by the formidable Countess of Shrewsbury, known as Bess of Hardwick, in the late 1500s.
Bess was a notable figure of 16th century Elizabethan English society and was the richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I. She and her husband were custodians of Mary Queen of Scots during her captivity, and she 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’.