Jacobean Idyll - full kit

This bold Jacobean design is a detail within a large “Tree of Life” embroidered on a rare set of late-17th Century bed hangings, which are part of the extensive needlework collection at Muncaster Castle in Cumbria, England. This remote Cumbrian castle has been owned and occupied by the Pennington family since at least 1066 and holds important collections of furniture, paintings, and especially, textiles.

During the past twenty years Phillipa Turnbull has spent many hours studying the textile collection at Muncaster Castle and has always been entranced by this particular set of bed hangings. The very low light in the castle has protected the hangings from the ravages of direct sunlight and has minimised consequent fading, thus the original depth of colour may be admired and appreciated over 300 years later.

As you embroider this design, you will enjoy the following stitches - Crewel Stem, Satin, French Knots, Laid and Couched Work, and you will “paint with your needle” with Long and Short Stitch.

Linen size 20 x 16”
Design size 16 x 9 1/2”


Long and Short as ‘soft shading’, Crewel Stem Stitch, Satin Stitch, French Knots. Laid & Couched Work

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