The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

Thirteenth Century Panel

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12th century
13th century
14th century
15th century
16th century
17th century
18th century
19th century
20th century
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Kings who ruled

John (Lackland) reigned 1199-1216. Married Isabelle daughter of the Earl of Gloucester and then Isabelle of Angouleme

Henry III reigned 1216-1272. Married Eleanor of Provence

Edwatd I reigned 1272-1307 Married Eleanor of Castile and then Margaret of France

Sylvia's embroidery notes

As you can see, I normally worked the opening motif in gold or silver leather but for the Magna carta scroll I used gold tissue because I wanted to give the supple effect of parchment and I felt that leather would look too rigid.
The pig in my 'family goes to market' scene is a little gem: he consists of no more than a couple of dozen stitches and I am sure you'll agree, he looks remarkably porcine.
The 'households population' scene was another very busy cameo worked on 24 count canvas. It took me two weeks to design and embroider this scene.

From Sylvia's photo album
Antiques Roadshow guru Henry Sandon met Sylvia when she was displaying the Embroideries in September 1998 in Dudley Town Hall. The photograph shows Henry standing in front of the 16th century panel which was nearing completion at the time. Henry was delighted with Sylvia's imaginitive portrayal of Staffordshire's history and described the Embroidery panels as 'an antique of the future'. When he was preparing to leave, he suddenly turned back to Sylvia and said 'My dear, they're begging for a book' - author and public speaker Dianne Mannering was amongst the people who had been listening to Sylvia's talk about the history of Staffordshire illustrated with the as yet incomplete set of Embroidery panels and she heard Henry's remark, the rest, as they say, is history. Dianne's book Sylvia M Everitt's Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries was published in time for the unvieling of the Embroideries by James Hawley the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire at Burton Museum on 2nd January 2000.






Talks by Sylvia Everitt
Sylvia's other work
Mary Queen of Scots Replica Embroideries
Henry VIII and
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