On 3 May I am flying to London, England first to meet two old and dear friends who live in Europe. And then on 12 May I will travel to Gatwick Airport to join a tour group to study Tudor embroidery in the West Country of England. We start at Langshott Manor in Horley (near Gatwick Airport). Its a beautiful old Manor house. On arrival we will be given two embroidery kits focusing on Elizabethan and 17th C. silk and metal thread embroidery. From there we will have a private tour of Parham House and its Elizabethan embroideries. We will have 11 hours of embroidery classes while there!
Next we will be moving to Bovey Castle in the Moors, stopping at Montacute House on the way. Montacute is another Elizabethan House with Embroidery examples, located in South Somerset. Bovey Castle looks amazing! We will have another 7 hours of instruction at Bovey Castle, and then will visit another Elizabethan Manor, Trerice House in Cornwall. Most exciting of all, Jacqui Carey will be giving a lecture on Elizabethan Stitches one night. She has written THE ultimate books on Elizabethan Sweet Bags and Elizabethan Embroidery Stitches. I'm very excited to meet her!
After leaving the Moors we will head to Bath, and will stop at the American Museum at Claverton Manor. We will have a tour of the Roman Baths by candlenight the first night in Bath, and will have a Roman dinner in the baths! The next day we will have a tour of the Bath Museum of Costume and Textiles. And, of course, several hours of instruction.
From Bath we will move on to Stratford-on-Avon and will have a private after hours tour of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. We will also be touring Anne Hathaway's Cottage, and will have a Shakespeare Page to Stage Tour. And of course we will have another 8 hours of class, with lectures every night!
The tour is put together by the The Crewel Work Company, and they organize a series of "Lady Anne's Needlework Retreats". A few weeks ago they sent me one of their kits to work on to get started embroidering. Its called "The Running Hare" which is a design from the early 20th C., based on a hunt tapestry from the 17th C. Its a beautiful kit and I'm having fun stitching! (Their website is www.crewelwork.com.) Follow along on my blog as I document my tour!