Catherine of Aragon, credited for making Blackwork popular in Tudor England, and Anne Boleyn come together again in this beautiful small sampler stitched by The Bonnie White Hare. Nearly all of the stitched samples are authentic 16th-century Blackwork embroidery patterns, charted by Karen Larsdotter, from guild collections and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The bottom band, named "Small Row of Violets," is the only exception, its being an original Blackwork pattern inspired by historical resources and created by Paula Kate Marmor.
The sampler, measuring 10 1/2" x 6", is stitched almost entirely in black Tudor Silk thread, except for the Tudor Rose (my design) in the center, which has some gold metallic thread accents.
The ground is 35-count aged "Boleyn" linen from The Primitive Hare, which has been professionally printed in Anne Boleyn's handwriting.
The piece is mounted on black-painted, distressed wood, allowing it to be hung on a wall or propped neatly on a shelf for display.
You can read and see more about "Anne of the Thousand Stitches" in my blog post by the same name.
I am offering this history-rich sampler for $115, Priority Shipping included. If you are interested in purchasing, simply email me at
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