Saturday, October 20, 2012

BACK FROM SCOTLAND, STIRLING CASTLE


I would like to thank Kami for taking over the blog while my husband and I were in Scotland.  I loved the color from Southern California and have chosen a logo for the website update I am working on.

Myself inside Stirling Castle, note the short door height on left and thick wall where the window is.

There was so much to see.  Scotland is truly a beautiful country.  We had a chance to take in both the cites and the countryside.  Our first stop was at Stirling Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned at a little less than one year of age.  Later her son would be baptized there and placed in the royal nursery.

"The Hunt of the Unicorn" at Stirling Castle.

Stirling was a must-see on my list not just because of its history but as weavers are currently working on creating copies of the Unicorn Tapestries there.  Researchers found an inventory list from 1539 that mentioned two copies of Unicorn Tapestries. This information led to the project of recreating them as the originals are in the Cloisters Museum in New York.

"The Start of the Hunt"

The work on the tapestries is a collaboration between West Dean College and Historic Scotland.  It takes a labor-intensive two to four years to complete each tapestry with three weavers working at a time.  When we arrived they were working on the next to last work.  The series is to be completed in 2013.  Unfortunately, no photos were allowed in the weaving room.  Below are more textile photos from our tour of Stirling.

"The Unicorn in Captivity"

"The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle"

The Queen's (Mary of Guise) bedroom was surrounded by elaborate fabrics of silk and brocaded gold.

The Queen's bedroom.  Persian carpet covering table and royal arms on cloth of estate above table.

Close-up of velvet, silk and fringe on canopy above bed.

Close-up of curtain bottom in castle.  Beautiful combination of color, pattern and texture.

Display of clothing of the period.  This was in the children's education area which had a closet of clothing styles of the period for children to play dress-up with.

There were cloth and dye rooms where children ( I played too!) could hit buttons to find where certain fabrics and dyes of the period came from.

I hope you enjoyed this textile tour through Stirling Castle.  Keep an eye out for all the fabrics that surround your world and have a great day!

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