Thursday, 26 August 2010

Tudor Rose on the road

Today I have been parcelling and reparcelling Tudor Rose in order to get it to America for the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XVII without it costing an arm and a leg. It will be part of the Stretching Art Exhibit. The theme is Famous Pairs. I made it a couple years ago, but I felt it fit the theme. I had wanted to make more work in a similar vein, but college was a bit too draining this year.

Henry VII, of the House of Lancaster, married Elizabeth of York helping to settle finally the Wars of the Roses: Red Lancastrian Rose vs White Yorkshire Rose. The symbol of the resulting House of Tudor was a combination of the two colours which became known as the Tudor Rose. These colours are reflected in the quilt. Techniques include burn marks on natural colour silk and red brocade quilted with copper thread. Inspiration for the Rose and Tudor couple are from historical artefacts and stonework at Cambridge University.

So, tomorrow I will post more about the Festival of Quilts.

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