Hampton Court Palace Tapestries

I have wanted to visit Hampton Court Palace for as long as I can remember, so was made up when my partner took me there on Valentines day. It was even more phenomenal than I imagined. Unfortunately we didnt find the school of needlework until it was closed, that was a shame because it was a section that we were both looking forward to seeing. But we explored all of the inside and the courtyard and were both taken aback by how stunning it was. We really had a lovely day and I was really shocked by even the idea of going, a pure surprise ๐Ÿ™‚ Nearly every room we went into had absolutely stunning tapestries hanging from the walls, in some rooms every wall had a tapestry covering it. It was really awe inspiring to find out that these masterpieces were each made on looms by a team of 11 people per tapestry and took around a year to make. Puts a new meaning to patience! Although photo’s don’t do them justice, I thought Id give it a try and share them with you. As well as the amazing history of the place, it is definately a place worth going for any needlecraft enthusiast, it is certainly humbling.









Beautiful aren’t they?

10 thoughts on “Hampton Court Palace Tapestries

  1. They are certainly stunning. I love Henry’s taste in opulence: he was never a ‘less in more’ kind of guy. Floor to ceiling, the fact that they were originally in bright, garish colours boggles the mind. The courtiers would – had they been available – have needed to wear sunshades.
    Glad you enjoyed Hampton Court as much as I did – despite the rain!!

    • They certainly would have needed sunglasses! In the banqueting hall with how vivid the colours would have been, Im surprised anybody would have held a conversation instead of gazing at the walls ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Those are just amazing. I’m really sorry I never got to go back inside Hampton Court before leaving the UK last year. I went to the flower show a few times there but was always too knackered to then add the house tour onto the end of the day and wanted to fight public transport and get home!.

    • Hopefully you will get to go back sometime, for me it was the reverse, I didnt get to see the gardens because of the weather but got to see the inside! We fought public transport too, took 5 hours to get there, well worth it though ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What a fun visit. The one and only time I was in the U.K., visiting the V&A was one of the highlights of my trip. I never left the needlework collection. Totally enraptured. Your notes about how these are made remind me of the book “The Lady and the Unicorn” by Tracy Chevalier. It is a fictional account of the making of a set of medieval tapestries. Like all of Chevalier’s novels, gives you a glimpse of what life might have been like for these artists, along with a hint of possible motivations and passions behind the art. Lovely book if you haven’t read it.

    • I think I read it a very long time ago, so probably need to reread it to make any comment, its definately the sort of book I would read. Ive only visited the V&A once, which is a travesty. I went when they had a collection of Hollywood costumes, at the time I was studying fashion and textiles and loved every minute of it. They had Dorothy’s costume from the Wizard of Oz, was amazing. If saw the needlework collection, like you, I probably never would have left! Im glad you enjoyed it so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Beautiful, beautiful tapestries. I love the colors in them. I didn’t know that so many people worked on one piece. And the time put into them! I won’t complain how long it takes me to do a cross stitch anymore ๐Ÿ˜‰ I will definitely have to read the book mentioned by Kristin. Sounds very interesting. Thank you for visiting my blog so that I could find your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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