The Elizabethan Garden
1 day workshop
I have seen roses damask'd, red and white…Sonnet 130
The fairest flowers o' the season are our carnations and streak'd gillyvors… The Winter's Tale
Hops are a wicked and pernicious weed…Henry VIII
There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray, love, remember: and there is pansies. that's for thoughts...Hamlet
What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet…Romeo and Juliet
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine… A Midsummer Night's Dream
Gardens were the center of Elizabethan life. The domestic English garden was a source of food, medicine, decoration, perfume, and pleasure. What they grew and how they grew it influenced everything they did and we see nothing more profoundly impacted than their needlework.
In this workshop we explore the influence of the Elizabethan garden on 16th century embroidery and patterns through lecture and hands-on technique. We will look at the language and symbolism of flowers through primary sources such as Herbals, pattern books, and extant pieces of embroidery and go in-depth in the specifics of the Elizabethan aesthetic and color palette.
Lectures will be interspersed with hands-on instruction stitching a small flower motif in period techniques using silk and metal thread and spangles.
This is a stand alone but is the perfect companion to the Jacobean Home workshop.
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