Gay Ann Rogers

Gay Ann Rogers

Needlework Designer/Teacher

Needlework Designer/Teacher

 

 

 

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Eleanor of Aquitaine

 

Class at Shining Needle Society and complete kit.

 

$337.00 includes shipping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eleanor of Aquitaine

 

My third portrait of history's powerful women is here.

 

Below are links to special pages about Eleanor.

 

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It is the only way I have to stay in touch with you.

 

Eleanor's Sale has ended. Thank you to all of you who came. I hope you enjoy stitching Eleanor.

 

My Inspiration for Eleanor of Aquitaine

 

I had the idea of stitching Eleanor of Aquitaine for a long time but wasn't near starting Eleanor; it was Judy Souliotis who inspired me to start. My last conversation with Judy was about my queens and who was next, and the whole  time I worked on Eleanor, Judy sat on my shoulder. Every time I look at the finished Eleanor, I hope Judy would have liked her.

DH and Eleanor

 

DH had great influence on my choices for the way I stitched Eleanor. As there is only one image of Eleanor, a tomb sculpture, I turned to DH for help.

 

If you compare Catherine's portrait with Eleanor's, you will see that Catherine holds her head high and looks directly at you, whereas Eleanor's head is tilted and her gaze slightly outward and demurely down. This was at DH's suggestion. He told me that Catherine's direct gaze came in the 18th century, not before.

 

From the first time I thought of Eleanor of Aquitaine, DH's suggested that I refer to Books of Hours for inspiration. I have saved the page I posted on April 29 and 30 and you will fine it under Eleanor of Aquitaine on my yellow navigation bar. Now that you have seen Eleanor, I hope you will revisit the page, or visit it for the first time, to see the influences on my portrait.

 

DH has written a very brief history of Eleanor of Aquitaine and I will post it in two or three parts in the coming weeks. Eventually I will move it to our classroom.

 

I am also hoping that DH will do a bibliography for the bibliophiles among us, including the only 'romance novel' author I've ever known him to recommend.

 

Who Was

Eleanor of Aquitaine?

 

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1124 – 1204) is the most famous queen of the Medieval period and one of the most extraordinary women in history. A renowned beauty with a headstrong, spirited personality, she was the Queen of France, the Queen of England and mother of three English Kings, young Henry, Richard the Lion-Hearted and John Lackland who gave England Magna Carta.

 

Eleanor’s court was renowned for troubadours, courtly love and the legends of King Arthur and Guinevere. She was indeed the Mistress of Camelot.