Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Book Review: Tudor Roses by Alice Starmore

This is so brilliant; so vibrant and so beautiful I am in awe. The genius and intensity of Alice Starmore has entered my life.


What an awakening! Aimed at the deluxe side of knitting, Alice has her own collection of yarns to go along with the collection of Tudor-inspired designs. The book is exquisitely presented with a truly artistic look and feel. It is a possession I will treasure.



If you have been interested in knitting longer than I have you will probably have heard of Alice Starmore. She is a Scottish textile designer, author, artist and photographer. She was born on the Hebridean island of Lewis into a family of Gaelic-speaking crofter-fishermen. The book tells the story of fourteen women connected with the Tudor dynasty. There is a guide to the dynasty at the beginning of the book with Shakespeare quotations galore to get you fully in the mood before the knitting is unveiled. If you have the first 'Tudor Roses' book released in 1998 then this will add to your collection with three additional Tudors and well as three new clothing designs. Also, many of the designs have been revised and updated.



It goes without saying (but I thought I would say it anyway) that there are no knitting guides or help pages in this book. The garments look quite advanced to me but would still be worth a buy if you are a beginner looking to be inspired and love history and the look and feel of this book. However, the patterns are clearly set out and the garments are photographed from many angles.



The book is well researched and I loved to read about what inspired Alice's designs. The relationships, affairs and the different dispositions of the women were so fascinating.



You can order Tudor Roses from this week on the virtual yarns website.

Thanks to Dover Publications Inc for sending me this book to review.

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