Hello, hope that you are all well and happy. I am very much so as I have submitted the work I was doing for my doctorate, hurrah , which means more sewing time, double hurrah 🙂 and I am going to Simply Solids this afternoon for another of their sewing courses.
Add to that the fact that I am off to Lisbon on Tuesday with my lovely Mum and my lovely son has come home from University , (for about 9 months until he hopefully goes off to teach in Japan), so I am quite possibly one of the happiest bunnies around!
We had a fab weekend at Tatton as well, the rain held off until the battle on Sunday so we only got a little bit wet and we met up with lots of old friends and Ellie and I marshalled the battle for the first time rather than water carrying which was very exciting. I could show you some photos of all of the excitement if I hadn’t filed them somewhere safe!
So on to the pictures from the National Trust visits Ellie and I did a while ago. First stop was Charlecote Park in Warwickshire, a beautiful Tudor manor still owned by the family.
I love Tudor buildings with the red stone and the twisted chimneys and this had a beautiful setting as well. It was brilliant to see so many families enjoying the place, it was the school holidays and there was a teddy bear’s picnic on the lawn. Lots of future National Trust members hopefully who will bring their own children and help care for these places forever.
In the Great Hall there were some brilliant costume pictures, sadly too high up on the wall to take detailed shots but in the dining room there was wonderful wallpaper and in the library some very ornate needlepoint chairs that looked Spanish in origin.
I also loved the plasterwork on the ceilings, more inspiration for that book of textile patterns based on historic buildings that I am going to write one day!
There was also a lovely display of the more ordinary textiles in the laundry and the kitchen with embroidered traycloths and some rag rugs which had been made by children as part of a craft event.
A very lovely place to visit on a sunny English afternoon! Well will love you and leave you now as have to go and choose the fabric for the class this afternoon, we are making vinyl project bags so hopefully I will have a finished bag to show you soon.
Take care and thanks for visiting.
10 thoughts on “Tudor splendour”
Oh I just love those colourful rag rugs ! : )
What a lovely set of photos! There’s so much could be done with those plasterwork patterns, isn’t there…
Thanks so much for visiting us and also for sharing your visit so wonderfully on your pages here! We’d love to share this on our own blog, linking directly to your page. Would that be ok?
Yes of course I would be very happy for you to do that, I regularly visit Trust properties and blog about them.
Congratulations on submitting your theses or part there of – where do you find time for stitching? Fantastic post – what a beautiful place to visit
(I meant thesis …hope you’re just doing the one :>)
Hello Chas, yes just the one. I have not been doing a huge amount of stitching recently but still try and do at least an hour a day. Hoping to have a bit more time now I have submitted. Thanks for visiting the blog and commenting.
I’ll have to drop back and read some more. Great work on submitting – such an achievement.
Thanks very much for visiting Aria.