A Page from My Book: Journal Quilts 2006
|Journal Quilts 2006
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Tudors": A continuation of the Tudor theme which I had explored in 2004.
International Quilt Festival
A Page from My Book: Journal Quilts
A Page from My Book: Journal Quilts
Tudor the First
month is Henry VII, who is usually overshadowed by his infamous son. Legend
says that at the Battle of Bosworth Field he discovered the crown hanging on a
hawthorn bush. He was instrumental in reuniting England by marrying
Elizabeth of York. The symbols of the red rose of Lancaster and the white
rose of Yorkshire were combined to make the now famous Tudor rose. So, I did
crowns + roses and acrylic painted nappy liner on card to represent the armour-strewn battlefield.
White Rose of Yorkshire
did some design work about Elizabeth of York. Henry VIII's mother. One of my
experiments was a line drawing with gold pen on black paper...oh so
striking! SO, I had to do it in fabric. I used invisible thread and tissue
paper to get the lines on the black velvet, but hand embroidered with gold
thread. Also beaded, stamped and painted with Lumiere paints. DH calls her
the African Tudor!
This page is shown in a Vidcast on Bonnie McCaffery's website.
VidCast “International Quilt Festival - Houston, TX
Anne is Cleved
Design work inspired
by a less famous portrait of Anne of Cleves in an orange and
black gown gave me the idea of using Anne’s portrait cleaved/ripped by the
black sharp points. What it would feel to be a foreign Lady, expecting the
privileges of a Queen, yet rejected so publicly. Yet, she ended up with the
best life of all of them in the end. I used black lace, semi-precious stone
chips, wire bullion and pukalet beads on hand dyed fabric. The portrait is
printed on paper, and coated with PVA glue. I hadn’t intended to do Henry’s
wives, but this just HAD to be made, so I will probably do the rest. I did
Anne Bolyn in 2004.
Lady Jane Grey has
always been a bit of a hero to me. When I studied her life, I learned
how much she had been used as a pawn by her power hungry father-in-law.
She was Henry VII’s granddaughter, through his youngest
daughter, Mary, but would have preferred that the throne pass her by, as
decreed by Henry VIII’s will. On this page, I explored several ideas
inspired from the brocades fashionable at the time of her life. I included
paper, buttons, plastic, organza, and Xpandaprint.
Third Time Lucky
Henry finally got his
son by his third wife, Jane Seymour. But unlucky for her, she died soon
after... Or perhaps she WAS lucky, as he hadnít yet tired of her. I
chose to develop some ideas that came to mind when looking at her
sleeves. I used plain, and shrink textured velvet, gold thread and
various embellishments. Some of the design work for this has also been
used in a Tudor inspired winter coat I made for my City and Guilds:
June - Abandoned Queen
I hadn’t ever really felt sorry for Catherine of Aragon until my Tudor
research revealed a more personal side; her marriage to Henry’s brother,
her many miscarriages and stillbirths, (including at least one son), and
how she was treated after 20 years of marriage and no longer able to
conceive. I used a Jenny Rayment method to crumple a sheer layer over
acetate satin and Catherine’s portrait, representing the idea of crushed
up and thrown away. I also used a soldering iron to burn words and
distress marks onto silk and embellished with bits of broken discarded
jewelry and pearls… representing the discarded Treasure I am sure she
must have been.
Catherine Howard, what an enigma. Is this truly your portrait or is it
someone else? Were you young and naive? Were you calculating? Did you
seek revenge in some way for your cousin Anne Bolyn? With Henry’s track
record, why would you dare think you had much of a chance as the 5th
wife? And then why, oh why, would you be so bold as to cuckold the King
of England, never mind his morals? Alas, no answers. After writing
Why? on spray painted black paper, and embellishing with various bits
and pieces, I covered the portrait face with metallic organza to
illustrate Mystery. I realized her headdress formed question marks of a
sort, so added beads to draw attention to the covered face. The little
gold wires made great question marks that help pull the eye around.
Heart of Gold
Katherine Parr, Henry’s sixth wife was a widow before and was actually in
love with Jane Seymour’s brother when Henry decided he wanted her instead.
However, from what I read of her, it seems she was a woman with a Heart of
Gold, the sort who could bring out the best in every situation. She nursed
Henry through his last years of ill health, helped to get his children, Mary
and Elizabeth, reinstated, and became like a mother, at least to Elizabeth
and Edward. After Henry’s death, she did marry Seymour, but died after the
birth of their child. I was inspired by the dress, experimenting with gold
sprayed laces, Imitation and real gold leather, embellishments and red
polyester satin to evoke its look. A soldering iron was used to make marks
that become words and motifs on the satin.
- Mary, So Contrary
first, I felt I should try to do a combination of Henry VIII’s siblings.
Instead, I chose Mary, Queen of Scots. Although she was a Stuart, she was
Henry VII’s great granddaughter through his daughter Margaret. Her
controversial lifestyle and activities in Scotland influenced English
affairs of state, especially in Elizabeth’s reign, and at last her son James
became King when the Tudor line had ended. This piece is based on a portrait
of Mary that I have loved from the minute I saw it years ago. I have always
wanted to have a go at copying it in some way. I used china silk layered
over hand dyed cotton lawn, gold braid, beads, and pearls. I meant to leave
the portrait out, and loved the piece as it was, but all the other pages had
some sort of likeness of the person. So, I covered the head with silk
organza to tone it down, and inserted it into the neckline.