4th January 2014

We are now offering our exclusive 16th century doll’s head-and-hands set for sale separately from the complete kits (which also include materials for the doll’s body, hair and stuffing). The new set, which was sculpted by Michael Perry for The Tudor Tailor, and is based on extant examples of Tudor dolls and their representations in paintings of the period. The head and hands were originally researched and designed for the reconstruction included in our book The Tudor Child: Clothing & Culture 1485 to 1625, where it features on the cover. The complete doll kits proved popular over the Christmas period but we thought we would give customers the opportunity to purchase the head and hands alone to make dolls from their own materials using the pattern in the book, or indeed any other 1/6th scale pattern. The sets are cast in resin and come with a basic painting guide. They cost £10 plus postage and packing. Unlike Dr Coppélius’s creation, we can’t guarantee your doll will come to life and dance for you – although it is still Christmastide, and, if you make a wish, you never know …

The new doll is available now in our shop.

30 June 2014
Get violent with your velvets

Get violent with your velvets under the expert eye of The Tudor Tailor using specially-designed, hand-made tools for the job. Ninya and Jane are working with Stephen Norris of Red Dog Forge (www.reddogforge.co.uk) to develop a brand new set of pinking tools, to be launched during their visit to Chicago’s Silver Linings Sewing Studio in October. The event features a hands-on workshop – Slash thy sleeves - with opportunities to try hot printing, ravelling and pinking using The Tudor Tailor’s newly-produced blades. The cast brass pinking tools are in production now (price to be confirmed) and will not be available to buy elsewhere until 1 December 2014. Participants who reserve places at the event in advance qualify for generous discounts on other products too but to whet everyone’s appetites, the team’s latest book The Tudor Child is on special offer at £18 for the month of July.

1 June 2014
Less is more – unless it’s lace

We are celebrating lace this month at The Tudor Tailor for two very good reasons. The first is that we have had a regular visitor to the shop over the past year who has made various purchases of lace and buttons. Little did we know that the customer was artist Sophie Ploeg and she was using the pieces in her latest works. The second cause for celebration is that we now have copies of a sumptuous new book of 17th century costume and textiles, including lace, from Glasgow Museums’ European costume collection for sale in the Tudor Tailor shop.

1 May 2014
Fit for purpose in Elizabethan England

Once upon a time there were three little girls – who went to Kentwell Hall in Suffolk – where the perilous business of recreating the sixteenth century is a daily challenge …

And they were each assigned very hazardous duties – explaining Tudor food, teaching court dances, and fletching arrows …

But I took them away from all that … and now they work for me, my name is The Tudor Tailor.