Have you been watching “The Crown” on Netflix? It is a highly applauded series about the royal family of England and specifically a snapshot of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign from her marriage to Prince Phillip, her Coronation and subsequently her reign into mid century (1956) times. A fabulous series if I do say so and one that was recognized with awards for both the actors and the series. It’s rich in visual details, wardrobe and acting. Watch it if you have access to Netflix, you won’t be disappointed.
So how does all this have any correlation to stitching you ask? Well, yesterday while looking around on the internet, a headline caught my attention about the current Queen Elizabeth’s ancestor, Queen Elizabeth I’s (1600 a.d.), gown (or so they believe) being found on an alter in an English church in Herefordshire. The significance of this is that Queen Elizabeth I’s wardrobe was never salvaged and is not in museums. Partly due to being from the 1600’s but also clothes then were repurposed and little was kept in tact. I am an Anglophile, a quilter and a stitcher so this article interested me on many levels and I am sure you will enjoy it too.
Queen Elizabeth I circa 1600 a.d.
Beautiful stitching found on the alter cloth in the Hereforshire church.
Here is a link to this fascinating article: Copy and paste it into your browser http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/07/queen-elizabeth-long-lost-skirt-found-church-altar-herefordshire/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em
The alter cloth will undergo 18 months of renovation and will eventually occupy it’s home in the Tudor palace where it can be enjoyed by the many and rightfully so.