It was only after I left high school that my interest in history began to develop. Doesn't say much for my old history teachers does it?!, and the fact I couldn't remember their names, makes me realise how much uninspiring teachers can affect your schooling.
We've just had two weeks off school here for the Easter holidays, during which, I went on a trip to Peterborough for the day and ended up in Peterborough Cathedral, stood before the grave of Katherine of Aragon. A few days later (and a long story!), I was also in the presence of the burial place of Oliver Cromwell's head, and the last surviving person to have seen it. Within history, it's always been the English monarchy in particular which has fascinated me, so I started to wonder how I could bring this into my design work.
Now, I'd previously started sewing some Softie bodies which were going to become dogs for the next installment of Project 3. I completed one, and while I was kind of happy with it, there was just a certain something missing. Cue, the train of thought beginning. Dogs. Dogs and English monarchy. Dogs and English monarchy = King Charles maybe?
King Charles Spaniels?
I think he looks quite regal,
and quite appropriate given it's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this year. In homage, here is me at our 1977 street party for the Silver one (I'm in the rather fetching yellow sunglasses!)
ps, and talking of Oliver Cromwell's head, eeeek!