1 June 2014
Detail of a painting by Sophie Ploeg featuring Schole-House lace from The Tudor Tailor

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.

More information about The Lace Trail exhibition is available here and here.

Glasgow Museums’ Seventeenth Century Costume by Rebecca Quinton
Glasgow Museums’ Seventeenth Century Costume                   by Rebecca Quinton

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!

17 September 2014
Chicago calling – last chance to bag a bargain

The Tudor Tailor’s visit to Chicago is now only five weeks away and the deadline to book a place and be eligible for the participants’ 25 per cent discount on patterns and books is fast approaching. There are places available for the events on Fri 24 (evening) and Sun 26 October (day).

3 August 2014
High fives at The Tudor Tailor

It’s all high 5s at The Tudor Tailor right now. The Facebook page whizzed past the 5,000 likes milestone during July, which is certainly something to celebrate – and Jane turned 50! Please share in our happy news by buying from The Tudor Tailor shop on the 5 August when all books and patterns will cost a fiver …

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.