chain for lady blanche Workshop

During one of my visits to Stitch n’ Craft Beads in Dorset, England, the lovely Lynn Firth showed me a book from an exhibition at the Museum of London. The book was about The Cheapside Hoard and I immediately became inspired by the hoard.

The Cheapside Hoard is a hoard of jewelry from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, discovered in 1912 by workmen excavating in a cellar at 30-32 Cheapside in London. They found a buried wooden box with more than 400 pieces of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewelry, including chains, with colored gemstones and enameled gold settings.

The location where the hoard was found may have been the premises of a Jacobean goldsmith, and the hoard is considered to have been his inventory buried in the cellar during the English Civil War.

The entire hoard was displayed together for the first time in more than 100 years at the Museum of London, from October 2013 to April 2014.

I love history (big surprise) and researching a project always brings me to the women of all eras. Queen Elizabeth I is one of my favorites. I was reading about the women who were her ladies-in-waiting and I found Blanche Parry to be very interesting. She was the Chief Gentlewoman of Queen Elizabeth I’s Privy Chamber and Keeper of Her Majesty’s Jewels and the Queen’s companion for 56 years. I like to think that she may have worn a chain like those found in the Cheapside Hoard.

One-Day Workshop
Intermediate to Advanced (Participants should be proficient in peyote and have working knowledge of Cubic Right Angle Weave)