If you watch my videos, you probably know, I love history. Especially English history. I’m a first-generation American. My mother was born in England and moved to the US when she was 8 years old. I grew up in a house steeped in British culture. I grew up eating British food and watching British TV shows, and now that I’ve gotten into crafting, I like to work on English-style and inspired projects. So when I got an email from Dover Publications about maybe reviewing a knitting book called Tudor Roses, I was intrigued. And man…I’m in love. This book was made for me.
This book includes 14 knitting pattern inspired by the women of the Tudor era. Starmore drew inspiration from Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort, Elizabeth of York, Margaret Tudor, Katherine of Aragon, Mary Tudor, Lady Mary, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, Catherine Parr, Elizabeth the First, and Mary Queen of Scots to create these amazing historically inspired knits.
Each pattern section starts with a writing attributed to the woman who inspired the piece and is a great way to set the mood for the sections. All patterns are accompanied with several photographs that show each piece to great detail (my photos do NOT do them justice). All the patterns are clear and easy to read, even for someone like me who is relatively inexperienced knitter. The end of the book includes a great section where Alice Starmore talks more in detail about how she drew inspiration from each woman and how the designs and their details represent the subject in question.
If you like historically inspired crafting, definitely check this one out. It just came out in paperback, so you can get it at a very reasonable price. I don’t think you’ll regret it.
**I received this copy via Dover Publications in exchange for an honest review**