After tracing the design with the water erasable pen, I used stem stitches, bullion knots and satin stitch to recreate the central Tudor Rose motif of the Bible cover.
The process of sewing the Tudor Rose was very intricate and time-consuming for a 3inch x 3inch design. Comparing this to the scale of the Bible cover indicates how much time the embroiderer would have spent overall on this item. It may have been made as recreation or as paid labour, depending whether it was a commissioned piece or not. The process has taught me the value of handmade art and what this can add to an object, such as a book. This Bible cover tells its own story which centres on the maker and their visual art.
Embroidery continues to be popular throughout England and around the world. It is both a pastime and profession, which encompasses many different techniques and serves many different purposes. While historically the craft often served a religious purpose, today embroidery is increasingly seen as an act that can be politically powerful. It can also be a self-empowering practice; through the use of social media, embroiderers can share their experiences and beliefs in thread and potentially reach a global audience. My experience at the Museum of London has made me reflect on the history of my craft and the people involved, by learning through remaking.