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ISBN13: 9781606600474
ISBN10: 1606600478
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Part fashion, part photography, part English history, and all knitting, this splendid new edition was created by Alice Starmore, one of the top names in the craft. A stunning collection of hand-knitted designs inspired by members of the Tudor dynasty, this volume features charts and instructions as well as a fascinating historical background on the royal family. Glorious full-color photography spotlights the completed works as well as the jewelry created especially for Starmore's most ambitious book yet.

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Created by one of the top names in knitting, this splendid hardcover volume features hand-knitted designs inspired by members of the Tudor dynasty. Includes charts and instructions, color photographs, and fascinating historical background.

About the Author

An acclaimed textile designer, author, artist, and photographer, Alice Starmore is a native of Scotland's Isle of Lewis. Starmore has taught and lectured extensively throughout Britain, Europe, and the United States. She has written 16 books and countless magazine articles. Dover has previously published her acclaimed Aran Knitting and her classic Book of Fair Isle Knitting, which introduced Americans to the popular traditional technique.

Tudor Roses: A Personal Statement by Alice Starmore

It is not the business of women to govern kingdoms but of men.

These words were spoken in 1483, not long before the 330-year reign of the Plantagenet dynasty came to a violent end at the Battle of Bosworth. The words are ironic because that bloody conclusion, and the resulting foundation of the Tudor dynasty, were events engineered by women with courage, shrewd statecraft and a steely sense of purpose. Yet they are barely remembered: eclipsed by their male contemporaries. The chroniclers of the time were men, as were the portrait painters. High-born women were encouraged in only two activities — needlework and the production of male heirs.

My daughter Jade and I decided to tell the stories of fourteen women connected with the Tudor dynasty: women who in some way made a stand and chose their own paths — for good or ill. If these renaissance women were not allowed to write their own stories, and their painted portraits were often idealised, how could we know what they were really like? That is the question we sought to answer in creating Tudor Roses. Our approach was to put ourselves in their place; to stand in their shoes; to blend history and imagination; to weave a narrative around the known facts of their lives. We planned to deliver this narrative in a unique manner, using not just writing but photography, art and the only medium through which our subjects could leave a lasting physical record in their world — needlework.

A Tudor chronicler wrote of the "pain, labour and diligence the tailors, embroiderers and goldsmiths took both to make and devise garments for lords, ladies, knights and esquires ..." This is the model we chose to emulate. I designed and made garments never seen in knitting before, full of meaningful details, carefully constructed to evoke character. Jade undertook fourteen photoshoots, using a different model to play each of our Tudor subjects. The evocation of character was considered when constructing the photographic sets, as each of our dramatis personæ has her own distinct colour scheme, designed to project an aspect of her personality and story. We both took pains to balance the historical with the modern; the garments I created are eminently wearable today, while Jade's photographs are in the style of renaissance portraits but have a contemporary twist. As a final detail, we enlisted students of silversmithing at City of Glasgow College to produce Tudor-themed jewellery that can be worn by modern women.

The result is a unique book that transcends the traditional knitting market. Tudor Roses will appeal to aficionados of art photography, of history, and of fabric and costume. It is also a volume for book-lovers, classically designed on a page size that allows unstinted white space. Jade and I are grateful to Calla Editions™ for granting such a generous canvas on which to paint our joint vision.

Finally, Tudor Roses will also appeal to students of life's ironies. The last character portrayed in the book is Mary, Queen of Scots, the granddaughter of Margaret Tudor. Her needlework survives to this day, and the craft gave her solace during many years of imprisonment prior to her execution in 1587. She was beheaded but won posthumously because it was her son who became James I of England when the line of Henry VIII fizzled out. In July of 2013, in London, a boy was born to worldwide media attention; he is destined to become King George VII and it is through Mary that he takes his dash of Tudor blood. From back across the centuries, our shrewd stateswomen can allow themselves a wry smile.

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Joyce Owens, November 22, 2013 (view all comments by Joyce Owens)
Many knitters have dreamed of the day they could add this book to their collection. Now with this new version, they can. I say new version, because the patterns for some of the sweaters have been changed to have a more fitted silhouette, new patterns have been added, and sadly for some, the men's patterns have been deleted. This is a large, think coffee table size, book, with beautiful, moody full color pictures. The inspiration for these sweaters is the English Tudor period. I love the historical intros of each woman and enjoyed reading the designers thoughts and design decisions. Alice Starmore and her daughter Jade have a reputation for producing excellent directions and detailed patterns to use their beautiful yarn and this book appears to be no exception. The intricate colors and textures are enticing to a knitter who wants a challenge. Even if they never knit a sweater from this book, I believe most knitters would love and be inspired by it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781606600474
Author:
Starmore, Alice
Publisher:
Calla Editions
Subject:
aran knitting
Subject:
fair isle knitting
Subject:
Virtual Yarns
Subject:
Crafts-Needlework
Subject:
Knitting
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
12.88 x 10.63 in

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