Thursday, January 28, 2010


Today marks the day HenryVIII died in 1547 aged 55. I don't have any souvenirs of his reign, but I do have this cross stitch sampler worked by me from a D.M.C kit on 16ct aida using 2 strands of thread. I was lucky enough to be in London a few years ago when the huge Cross Stitch Fair was on at Olympia and this was one of many kits I came home with, some still waiting to be stitched.
The Palace of Richmond at the top of the sampler was a favourite of Henry's until he decided Hampton Court Palace was better. Richmond Palace was later sold and demolished for it's stone in the mid 1600's.
The clothes and posture of Henry in the design are based on a portrait of Henry painted by Hans Holbein in 1537 when the King was at the height of his power and prestige.


  1. I love books and movies about Henry VIII. He was certainly an interesting King! I have been watching The Tudors on TV. I hope Season 4 starts soon!

  2. On your cross stitch he looks quite nice, because he really was an ugly disgusting man and then he married 8 times and divorced by making his wives one head shorter ! what a sympathic guy, lol !

  3. Oh, that is soooo cool!!! I am a HUGE historical fiction fanatic and a cross-sticher...this would be perfect for me! You did a great job!

    Nice blog!

  4. I don't know how you do it, Sylvia - the amount of stitching you achieve is awesome! I'm not sure if this is the same kit as one that a friend of mine bought as a souvenir when she was in England. She is a novice cross stitcher, and when she got home and had a closer look at the kit she decided she would never do it, and asked me if I would. I don't think so!!