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 purchased 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.
Last year, Sophie won the Travel Award at the BP Portrait Award exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery in London. The award funds artists to expand their horizons and work on a specific project. Sophie spent the past year researching how lace and fabrics were depicted in early 17th century portraiture in England and The Netherlands. She has travelled to art and lace collections in the UK and abroad and studied the works of artists such as Johannes Verspronck, William Larkin and Robert Peake the Elder. Ideas of femininity, gender and (re-)presentation inspired her to create ten new paintings and write a book (see a detail from one of her works above). Seven of these paintings will be exhibited at the 2014 BP Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London from 26 June to 21 September 2014, and will then be on tour to Sunderland and Edinburgh.
Glasgow Museums curator and university research fellow Rebecca Quinton’s lovely new book features exquisite needle lace from the 17th century as well as several rare and beautiful garments from the collection, including embroidered caps, a crimson silk petticoat associated with Anne of Denmark, and a waistcoat (see Rebecca showing some of these items and reconstructions here). Her 148-page book is lavishly illustrated with 100 colour pictures and is priced at £17. Take a look at it in our shop.
Jane and Ninya are pleased to announce that in honour of Sophie’s The Lace Trail and Rebecca’s book we will be offering our specially commissioned Schole-House lace at more than a 25 per cent discount for the whole of June. The lace is made with 100 per cent cotton and is based on designs in Schole-House for the Needle, a book first published by Richard Shorleyker in 1632. The lace is suitable for the late 16th century through to the mid 17th century – perfect for Elizabethan costumes. It usually costs £5.50 per half yard but for this month only (1 to 30 June) Schole-House lace can be purchased for only £4 per half yard.
Happy shopping and sewing!
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.