There were owl designs this week but, as I'm always posting owl designs, I decided to resist and opt for something completely different.
And you couldn't get much further away from owls than Henry VIII and his six wives. For me, there's a personal element to this choice - I wrote an e-novel about them appearing on a post-life TV show. The original idea was to help people with history but as I was writing it I discovered that you can't suddenly have people arguing like mad when they're supposed to be at peace. So, I had to create another story that explained why they were arguing!
Anyway, back to the cross stitching. Henry and his wives appeared on a cross stitch mini cushio designed by Sheena Rogers. You can find it here.
Around 50 to 60 years after Henry died and Jacobean crewelwork was all the rage - including some amazing tree of life designs in beautiful, rich colours. In the days when I was still stitching other people's designs rather than my own I did a gorgeous tree from a magazine, complete with lion and unicorn. G Romilly Mueller of Golden Circle Designs has produced her own version and it was too lovely not to include in this post. You can find a link to the chartpack here.
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