This was from a couple of weeks ago now but better late than never, eh? It was our Bruce Campbell lover friend’s birthday so a blood splattered film quote from Evil dead seemed fitting. It is all cross stitched apart from the back stitch lining and frame and the already embossed white card made the red inking in of ‘blood’ a lot more simple, although very time consuming! Unfortunately, I can’t remember where I found the pattern from as I saw it a loooong time ago and stored it away knowing I would use it for her birthday (as well as just having a sieve memory)
I have tried to do some stitching over the past few days so thought I would share an update. This is the last of Henry’s six wives, Katherine Parr, the only one not to be ‘dismissed’ in a less than horrible way. Good for her for managing to outlive him and also be a loving and devoted Stepmother to Henry’s 3 children. Bit of an odd piece of trivia, but in my opinion an interesting one, her mother was a lady in waiting to Catherine of Aragon and so the king’s last wife was actually named after his first! Parr ended up marrying the brother of Jane Seymour (Henry’s third wife who died shortly after Edward VI was born) and he was supposedly another bad penny. Gossip circulated that he was carrying out an illicit affair with the teenage princess and future Queen Elizabeth I, who often stayed with her Stepmum and her hubby. With her being twice widowed before her marriage to the king and then the weddings that followed, she sure could pick them!
After I’ve been a bit awol (I won’t go into the boring details of illness), I have a new Henry update showing his fifth wife, Katherine Howard. She is the wife who ‘innocently’ had numerous affairs and was apparently an all round bit of a flirt, that being eventually blamed on her youth and naivety. 30 years her senior, the increasingly more gluttonous Henry clearly wasn’t quite her cup of tea and her lusty ways led her to the same fate as her cousin, Anne Boleyn. Maybe Henry should have just avoided that family, more for their sake than his
Yay! Back to the characters and no more roses for a while! This was the only queen who was no longer wanted and yet managed to stay in favour with the ever mood-swinging Henry. Anne of Cleves was a bit of an anomaly, her beauty in the flesh did not live up to her portrait’s depiction, so Henry being Henry, after marrying her to uphold the political alliance with her German home country, decided she wasn’t quite as pretty as he would like, even going so far as her being cruelly dubbed as ‘Flander’s mare’. Despite the jibes and the huge embarrassment of being shunned by the increasingly obese and grotesque king, Anne managed to stay in favour enough to still be welcome at court and be known as ‘the king’s sister’. Obviously her main calling card was her lack of opposition to their divorce and the alliance with Germany, but she still remained astute enough to still be invited to Palace parties. She certainly had her head screwed on, literally, which is rare in the presence of Henry!
This is a couple of days worth of stitching and I am very pleased to say I have finished the majority of the border and the rest I can only really do once some more of the characters are done. So I’m really glad about that so I can get off the more boring repetitive sewing and back to my more favoured figures. Sod’s law will probably say that I will miss doing the roses now I have said that