A counted blackwork pattern based on an original Tudor design.
Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, was once the second most powerful woman in England, second only to Queen Elizabteh I. After being married and widowed four times she grew very rich and left a legacy of architecture in Derbyshire. Her most famous commission is Hardwick Hall with its famous windows: "Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall". Her descendants still live at Chatsworth, which stands on the site of an earlier building that Bess also commissioned. This sampler was inspired by blackwork embroidery featured ona dress that Bess is wearing in a portrait.
Pattern file includes colour symbol chart, symbol key and symbol and colour image of completed design.
Second file includes basic instructions and stitching tips.
(c) Karen Eley/The Hawthorn Tree 2014