The Embroiderers’ Guild is housed in an apartment in Hampton Court, one of Henry VIII’s favorite palaces. If you ever have the chance to visit, take it. It is a lovely place. The Royal School of Embroidery also is located there. Call ahead, each has a little store with wonderful goodies and books to buy.
Once we were done viewing the panel, we took the rest of the day walking around the palace and viewing the inner rooms that are open to the public. It became fun to imagine people with embroidered clothing walking through these halls. I love when I can get closer to the context of the real situation. Even the gardens reminded me of the embroideries we see. There was also a few portraits in one hall, one we all recognize with one of the long versions of the jackets.