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« on: July 11, 2011 06:33:06 AM »

A slight colour change from my usual blackwork to do a pattern that I have been eyeing up for ages.  It is taken from a portrait of Bess of Hardwick, who is shown wearing a garment covered in the redwork design.  I decided on just replicating it as a collar, but the whole garment is on my list of 'things I want to make but doubt I'll have the time'.  I'd been meaning to do this pattern for ages, and I recently read a biography on Bess of Hardwick which inspired me to get it done.  She really was a pretty fascinating woman.  Anywaaaay, it's stitched on linen with one strand of red silk thread.  I started it up on my authentic frame for using at an event, where I got veryyy little actual sewing done, and then finished off at home using my little hoop instead.  It's finished length is 18 inches.





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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2011 07:14:20 AM »

Beautiful! I love that it's based on a portrait too.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2011 07:27:16 AM »

I saw the name and had to comment  Smiley I've read loads about Bess, she was such an unusual woman for the time. I drive past Hardwick Hall fairly regularly and can't get that rhyme out of my head...Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall...

The embroidery looks great!
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2011 03:17:07 PM »

Very pretty.
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2011 06:16:28 AM »

This is really gorgeous. I love traditional red and black work.
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2011 09:54:48 AM »

Thanks everyone Smiley

@ MerryGlas - she was a pretty amazing woman.  I've never had the oppurtunity to visit Hardwick Hall, hope it make there at some point Smiley
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