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 Reddog Forge 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 see below for this month’s special offer).
Harlie des Roches of the Silver Linings Sewing Studio is welcoming the Tudor Tailor team to Chicago. Ninya and Jane are giving a presentation and hosting an evening reception on Friday 24 October, followed by two days of workshops on practical aspects of reconstructing sixteenth century dress. The evening keynote, Court life and country lore, draws on The Tudor Tailor’s latest research published in The Tudor Child and features Lady Mary Talbot seeking advice from a wet-nurse. The presentation includes a dressing demonstration with a court lady who is “heavy with child”. There will be wine and hors d’ouevres, and The Tudor Tailor shop to browse.
Event participants will also be able to pre-order other items from The Tudor Tailor online shop with a 25 per cent discount and no postage and packing charge. Items will be shipped ahead for collection during the workshops. However, to whet everyone’s appetite for the Chicago visit, The Tudor Child is available at a 25 per cent discount for the month of July at £18 (usual price £25). To order yours, click here.
And for anyone who thinks you need children to appreciate this book, here is a typical review: “I honestly love this book even more than the original Tudor Tailor, despite having no children at the moment, which I would have never thought possible until I saw it! All of the amazing portraits (especially those with the adorable line-up of mothers and all of their children) alone make it incredibly worthwhile. Is splendiferous a word? My iPhone says it’s a word, and it applies here!!” – Scarlett Harris, California, United States. There are more reviews here.
The Chicago workshop sessions use many of the garments featured in the book – the techniques illustrated are equally applicable to adult clothing. These include: Gather thy thoughts (gain an insight into The Tudor Tailor’s research process), Cut thy cloth (discover how the sixteenth century tailor made the most of his limited resources), Spend thy shillings (assess the appropriateness of modern materials for reconstructing specific Tudor garments), and Slash thy sleeves (explore long-forgotten specialist techniques for transforming plain materials into visually impressive textural delights). Lunch and refreshments throughout the day are provided.
The programme for Saturday and Sunday is the same – it is being repeated to fulfil demand – and there are 32 places available each day.
Options for the event are to attend the Friday evening key note and either Saturday or Sunday’s workshops for $180, or to attend the Friday evening key note only for $50, or just the Saturday/Sunday workshops for $150. Please note there is a $1 processing fee when booking online.
STOP PRESS: Saturday 25 October’s workshops are sold out! Please book for Sunday’s workshops.
A discount order form will be sent to each event participant by email in September for payment via Paypal. Please make sure you provide an up-to-date email address when you book.
There has been a great deal of number crunching at The Tudor Tailor since the Christmas break. Fabrics for 2015 costume projects can now be purchased with renewed confidence and less expense – especially if you are a man needing new hose. Not only is the colour range endorsed by new research but there is 10 per cent off all woollen fabric purchases until the end of January.
Seasons greetings to all our colleagues and customers! Thanks to everyone who has collaborated with us, supported our research, come to one of our events or bought from us this year. We wish you every success with your costume projects in 2015.
A successful foray into television has prompted an update to one of The Tudor Tailor’s best-loved patterns. Eager headdress researchers are already excited to see the information in a practical format. Ninya’s recent work with the BBC was an opportunity to put theory to the test and it passed with flying colours. The “gable hood” is now a “Tudor lady’s bonnet, frontlet, paste and edge” reflecting research published in The Queen’s Servants in 2011.