It’s Easter this month and time to trim your bonnet! By the sixteenth century, the tradition of wearing new clothes for the Easter holiday was established. In Thomas Lodge’s Wits Miserie, published in 1596, he laments the farmer who sells his cow to buy silk clothes “against Easter”. If new clothes stretched the household budget too far, old clothes could be altered, “turned” or trimmed in celebration of spring and renewal.
Gina Barrett’s series of books and DVDs give detailed step-by-step instructions for making braids, cords, tassels and buttons suitable for rejuvenating, embellishing and fastening period garments. The Tudor Tailor is offering a 20 per cent discount on the entire range for April, so you won’t need to sell your cow in order to cut a dash!
The Making braids & cords and Making tassels DVDs are usually priced at £17 but are reduced to £14 for the month of April. The Making more buttons double DVD is reduced from £25 to £20 and Gina’s book Buttons: A passementerie workshop manual, usually priced at £19, is available at £15.
The photographs show a range of braids and cords for which instructions are provided in Gina’s Making braids & cords DVD and a delicate handmade silk cord holding Lady Mary Feilding’s reproduction ruff in place in a style typical of late Tudor costume (as featured in The Tudor Child – visit www.tudortailor.com/the-tudor-child to discover more of the lovely details hidden in this book).
Visit www.tudortailor/shop to see the whole range. The prices for this month’s special offers will be automatically discounted from Tuesday 1 April until the end of the month – enjoy browsing and shopping at www.tudortailor.com!
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 …
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.
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.