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The B​oleyn Bloom

This beautiful blue blossom was inspired by a fragment of embroidery traditionally believed to have graced the bed Anne Boleyn was born in.  It is a two day project suitable for intermediate embroiderers.  Gold and green metallic leather, plate, crystals, beads, spangles all combine with traditional goldwork threads to make this an engaging motif to embroider.  It is worked on a ground of silk faille and elegantly framed with looped gold passing.  The instructions are available in .pdf on the shop page

Bronwyn's Bloom

This is the second in the series inspired by the floral design on the Anne Boleyn fragment.  It employs similar threads and techniques in orange, yellow, green and gold.  The instructions for this flower are available in .pdf format on the shop page. 

Elizabeth's Bloom

The third and final bloom in the Boleyn Series is a full flower with two small buds named for Anne's daughter.  Purple, white and green silk make a perfect combination to compliment the first two blooms. Threads used include two widths of plate, passing, gilt sylke twist, pearl purl and lizerine, highlighted with sparkling crystals.  The pattern is now available on the shop page.


Eglantine is the first flower in the series of three inspired by the 16th century botanical illustrations of the French artist Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues. The sprig is worked on a ground of ivory satin in layers of fine coloured silk and metal threads in gold and silver, bringing the delicate blooms to life.

This project was to be taught at Beating Around the Bush in Adelaide, October 2021 which has now been cancelled.


The third and final of the 16th century botanical series is the Marigold. The blooms sparkle in gold and red silk with gold metal highlights. Alternating layers of gold threads and gold and red silk add dimension to each petal.  The bud is padded and shaded with silk over plate and the leaves are worked in satin stitch, plate, crimped plate, lizerine and smooth purl. Marigold is a handsome companion for 

 Eglantine and Sweet Pea. Instructions are pending.

Sweet Pea aka Simply Irresistible

The delicate Sweet Pea flower is worked in purple silk and silver plate. The leaves are layers of gold threads and green silk and the stems and fine tendrils are various sizes of lizerene.

The seed pods are worked in satin stitch, padded satin and ircular couched passing, partially covered in rows of laid gilt silk twist. If you would like to stitch it, all instructions are available in Inspirations Magazine Issue#105 as Simply Irresistible. It is a beautiful companion to the Eglantine.

Tudor Garland

Tudor Garland features a circlet of strawberry fruit and blossoms and larkspur flowers. 

Worked in a wide range of metal threads and coloured silks, this is a challenging project for advanced embroiderers.  The instructions are available in A Passion for Needlework III, Blakeston Creamery published by Inspirations Magazine.

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