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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Children's; Rev Exp edition (31 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606600478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606600474
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 27.9 x 33.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An acclaimed textile designer, author, artist, and photographer, Alice Starmore is a native of Scotland's Isle of Lewis. Starmore has taught and lectured extensively throughout Britain, Europe, and the United States. She has written 16 books and countless magazine articles. Dover has previously published her acclaimed Aran Knitting and her classic Book of Fair Isle Knitting, which introduced Americans to the popular traditional technique. Tudor Roses: A Personal Statement by Alice Starmore It is not the business of women to govern kingdoms but of men. These words were spoken in 1483, not long before the 330-year reign of the Plantagenet dynasty came to a violent end at the Battle of Bosworth. The words are ironic because that bloody conclusion, and the resulting foundation of the Tudor dynasty, were events engineered by women with courage, shrewd statecraft and a steely sense of purpose. Yet they are barely remembered: eclipsed by their male contemporaries. The chroniclers of the time were men, as were the portrait painters. High-born women were encouraged in only two activities — needlework and the production of male heirs. My daughter Jade and I decided to tell the stories of fourteen women connected with the Tudor dynasty: women who in some way made a stand and chose their own paths — for good or ill. If these renaissance women were not allowed to write their own stories, and their painted portraits were often idealised, how could we know what they were really like? That is the question we sought to answer in creating Tudor Roses. Our approach was to put ourselves in their place; to stand in their shoes; to blend history and imagination; to weave a narrative around the known facts of their lives. We planned to deliver this narrative in a unique manner, using not just writing but photography, art and the only medium through which our subjects could leave a lasting physical record in their world — needlework. A Tudor chronicler wrote of the "pain, labour and diligence the tailors, embroiderers and goldsmiths took both to make and devise garments for lords, ladies, knights and esquires ..." This is the model we chose to emulate. I designed and made garments never seen in knitting before, full of meaningful details, carefully constructed to evoke character. Jade undertook fourteen photoshoots, using a different model to play each of our Tudor subjects. The evocation of character was considered when constructing the photographic sets, as each of our dramatis personæ has her own distinct colour scheme, designed to project an aspect of her personality and story. We both took pains to balance the historical with the modern; the garments I created are eminently wearable today, while Jade's photographs are in the style of renaissance portraits but have a contemporary twist. As a final detail, we enlisted students of silversmithing at City of Glasgow College to produce Tudor-themed jewellery that can be worn by modern women. The result is a unique book that transcends the traditional knitting market. Tudor Roses will appeal to aficionados of art photography, of history, and of fabric and costume. It is also a volume for book-lovers, classically designed on a page size that allows unstinted white space. Jade and I are grateful to Calla Editions™ for granting such a generous canvas on which to paint our joint vision. Finally, Tudor Roses will also appeal to students of life's ironies. The last character portrayed in the book is Mary, Queen of Scots, the granddaughter of Margaret Tudor. Her needlework survives to this day, and the craft gave her solace during many years of imprisonment prior to her execution in 1587. She was beheaded but won posthumously because it was her son who became James I of England when the line of Henry VIII fizzled out. In July of 2013, in London, a boy was born to worldwide media attention; he is destined to become King George VII and it is through Mary that he takes his dash of Tudor blood. From back across the centuries, our shrewd stateswomen can allow themselves a wry smile.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Multikulti on 20 Mar. 2014
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This is not your average book of knitting patterns.
Originally published a number of years ago, it is also not just a new edition. The whole book and all the patterns have been revisited, revised and reviewed and the result is a beautiful, cloth-bound book worthy of any coffee table… and yet many of the patterns do not seem out of the realm of coming to life in the hands of a reasonably well-versed knitter (which I didn't expect - I thought it would all be so intricate I'd hardly dare even try a pattern, but not so!).
It's eye-candy and practical all at the same time; each of the patterns has thought and point behind it, being inspired by women in Tudor history and imagined by two women (mother and daughter themselves) who have really considered who each was and what each garment pattern represents. It is eminently readable.
I'm smitten.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SPR47 on 4 July 2014
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What a stunning book! Not cheap, but worth every penny. Beautifully presented, hard-bound with cloth cover and front illustration on top of that. High-quality gloss paper inside - made like a photographic presentation book. 14 carefully crafted and designed kitted tops, two of which could also be easily adapted/would be suitable for men being more unisex in their make-up. The actual knitting instructions are extremely detailed and clear, down to precise body measurements, yarn descriptions, chart keys and finishing techniques. Nothings seems to be left out, unclear or leaving the knitter in doubt. Each garment has multiple illustrations to show it from various angles presented and photographed most professionally. Can I fault this product? Definitely not! Will I be proud to show it to my friends? Definitely!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathduff on 7 Mar. 2014
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This is a beautiful book with stunning designs. Each design is accompanied by a short story attempting to give an insight into each of the Tudor Ladies who inspired the creations. The patterns are not for novice knitters but I think they will give motivation to those who wish to further their skills. Even If you never manage to knit any of the designs, this book will still be a joy to have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Auntie M on 4 April 2014
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not for the fainthearted, but the design and construction of these garments is actually simpler than you imagine at first glance. Patience and perseverance will be needed, but every one has that understated "wow" factor that is just Alice!.
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By Kristin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 April 2014
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Just one thing to note - this is a very big book, too tall for most book shelves! That said it is a thing of beauty from the cloth binding to the multiple full colour plates of each garment. A lovely coffe table book of tudor inspired yet wearable patterns. You may wish to visit the website too [...] as they have some alternative colour suggestions for some of the knits. I knitted Alice Starmores Maud set as a first ever fairisle project, and am very happy with the result despite have had no help from anywhere except the pattern, unless you include post-it notes to keep your place on the pattern. I shall definately be knitting one of these soon, just have to decide which one first!
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By Miss S on 27 Nov. 2014
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I Purchased this book as part of a Christmas gift for my mother and it arrived today , well packed and in bubble wrap .

I only had a quick glance but is absolutely breathtaking . Much larger than your average book with and amazing cover shot . I have to admit I didn't take a lot of time to look into the book but a quick flick and they are all stunning and different creations I love it and im hoping mother will too .

Of course I will take time to have a look into the book and see if there is anything I would like to make but its a lovely book and nice to see our names "Catherine" and the knits for those .5 stars out of 5 !!
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My partner opened the parcel and thought this was an art book. I've never seen a knitting book like this - beautiful photos but the garments really shine through and are photographed from all views so you can really see the cut and fit.

The patterns are quite complex, even for an experienced knitter. There are several patterns that I plan to knit but the sizes are for shorter women, so careful planning is needed.

The yarns used are gorgeous.

An expert knitter will be spoiled for choice. A novice will have something to aspire to.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris Cook on 26 Jan. 2014
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This book is superb. The history is well researched, the storylines for each character beautifully written, and the patterns are incredible. This would make a wonderful book for anyone to look through, not just knitters. Indeed, I think many of the patterns are probably too complex for the inexperienced knitter, more aspirational targets for a journeyman piece. I forgot to mention the photography, the models, the accessorising clothing are all evocative eye-candy, and when my knitting mojo deserts me I shall revisit the stories and patterns in this inspirational book.
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