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’
What's in a Kit?
- Historically accurate "Z" twist Jacobean Linen Twill woven exclusively for The Crewel Work Company in the Highlands of Scotland. Accurately screen-printed with the design outline with stitch direction and length guide
- Appleton's 2-ply crewel wools in numbered skeins to match the stitch chart
- Easy to follow illustrated step-by-step instructions
- Full size stitch chart showing the exact location of every stitch and colour
- Beginners booklet, "The Essential Guide for Newcomers to Crewel Work", including handy hints, getting started, needle threading and other embroidery tips
- 2 of each of our bespoke gold-plated (size 2 for single thread) and polished nickel (size 1 for double thread) speciality crewel needles
- A full size colour reproduction of the finished design