I have always be bit women's lib, so designing a suffragette tea cosy was something that I could easily throw myself into.
I love a bit of social history and I loved the idea of a womenâ€™s suffrage tea cosy. The tea cosy will be knitted in shades of green and purple and as well as a â€˜Votes for Womenâ€™ sash the tea cosy will also have a suffragette rosette.
I have studied photos of the time and the photos of the Pankhurstâ€™s, and I found, particularly with Emmeline Pankhurst that some were very well dressed and well to do women. Emily Wilding Davison who was hit and killed by King George Vâ€™s horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby has a striking photo of her wearing a feather boa around her neck, and I wanted to include something on the tea cosy that echoed this image. With that in mind, the Suffragette tea cosy design had the lady wearing a nice hat and a fur stole or boa like collar, I shall use an eyelash yarn to achieve the effect of fur or feathers.
As part of their more peaceful demonstrations the suffragettes chained themselves to railings. I thought Iâ€™d include a chain in my design but instead of railings, I thought I'd chain her to the teapot. The commemorative fifty pence coins also include railings in their design.
Personally, I am very grateful to the suffragettes and I value my vote that they won my right to have. The suffragette tea cosy army will feel like a tribute to the battles these women fought on our behalf.