Tuesday, 18 March 2014

In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion * The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse * 14 March - 20 July 2014

For the Tudor and Stuart elite, luxurious clothing was an essential component of court life. Garments and accessories – and the way in which they were worn – conveyed important messages about wealth, gender, age, social position, marital status and religion. Through the evidence of portraiture, In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion traces changing tastes in fashionable attire in Great Britain in the 16th and 17th centuries. Using paintings, drawings and miniatures from the Royal Collection, and a number of rare surviving examples of clothing and accessories, it explores the style of the rich and famous of the Tudor and Stuart periods.

Amongst the accessories on display are two beautiful and curious objects. The one above is a 17th century silk, silver and gold thread needlework pomander purse, covered in needlework of floral design with a gold fringe and drawstring with four tassels.
And here, above and below, you can see the front and reverse of a 17th century gold thread and yellow taffeta purse in the shape of a frog with a cord drawstring.
There are, of course, this being the Queen's Collection, many fine portraits with lovely details of embroidery
and lace. For more details of this exhibition, click here.

Needleprint 10th Anniversary - Save $95.

To share our 10th anniversary celebrations with you, we are offering throughout the month of March 2014 a Free Goodhart Samplers Book or a Free Feller Needlework Collection Volume 1 with every copy of The Feller Needlework Collection Volume 2. You can take advantage of this special offer today. It comes with all our kindest wishes in this our last year before retirement.

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