|Detail of the Lady Wintour Peascod Chasuble at Auckland Castle - a total surprise of Day 4
|Bagpipes! Don't get us
started about the haggis
We had a stop planned at Bowes Castle for a private lunch and viewing
|The sign got many comments
What an incredible treat it was! Imagine the most famous thwarted assassination in England - the Guy Fawkes gunpowder plot - and then that a co-conspirator, Robert Wintour, had a daughter, Helen Wintour who was a prolific embroiderer. They were Catholic so her 17th century embroidery was placed on vestments and chalice veils. The exhibit is called Plots and Spangles, and is being held at Aukland Castle. If you are in the UK before April 11, 2016 - go see it!!
|These are only some of TEN vestments and multiple chalice veils she embroidered!!
The exhibit was was completely mind-blowing. Stumpwork grapes and slips all over these vestments, metal threads and silks used in the most amazing high relief. Roses and pea pods. We were thrilled with the joining of a very famous event and embroidery.
We came in on its second day like a band of warriors with only an hour to see it (had we known, the website really doesn't do it any justice at all, we would have set aside more time). Our cameras were blazing and noses pressed to the glass along with excited chatter. The lovely, poor docent didn't know what hit her! We could barely listen to her chat on embroidery. Then to add to it - I turned into another room and was presented with a case that had 'modern reproduction' threads for the
|The Bodenham Chalice Veil
There were techniques on some veils that I had never seen before and I WANT to do. One is using a thread that is in the second box for the Frostings Club, so that was pretty cool. I know a new way of using it. There is a guide that is given out in the exhibit that is also online so you can see it. But even better, there is a book that was published for the exhibit. Now a funny story - our tour guide who had joined us the night before for the middle-of-England portion, had grabbed this tour as she is an avid embroiderer. So at every stop she knew exactly what we would want - she would scope the gift store and if there was an obvious purchase - she would alert the staff to go get more out and then let us all know in the gallery that there was a book. Good girl! So at this location, they had just opened the first box the night before of the book. She told them - you don't have enough! The book was just 10 pounds ($15). They didn't believe her.... of course a few trips to the basement and we had bought 20% of all the books they had printed for the seven month long exhibit. Yes - they looked a bit shellshocked by us locusts. It is really nice as it combines the history of the plot with the embroidery. They don't have an online store - so if you want one - email:
|Veil associated with Lady Wintour Peascod Chasuble - Yes all those petals are detached buttonhole over gold or silver threads - the sparkle is amazing. This vase of flowers is about 9" x 9" in size.