Luscious Tudors

The Tudors on Showtime
I just found a link to watch the Tudors streamline, it is free! The Tudors my latest inspiration for beadwork is in the form of a tv show. Although I have watched other previous tv series like Big Love, or the Sopranos, no tv series has inspired me like The Tudors on Showtime. It's FREE until April 9th and can be found in the 'top picks' section of "On Demand" It has me hooked and wanting more and I was able to watch several episodes one after another this way(when hubbys out of town I have a tudor fest while beading) I love making anything which looks like the queens jewels, 'cause let's face it, I'm not a queen and I'm never gonna' be one! Making beadwork reproductions and using glass and crystal rather than diamonds, rubies, emeralds is my thing. I'm only viewing season 1 on comcast On Demand, and meanwhile the season 3 season has premiered. I have a lot of catching up to do, but if you've seen it, surely you have noticed all the fantastic jewelry in this show? All the jewelry has been reproduced using portraits as reference. It was the time period of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, Thomas Moore....etc. In addition to being an interesting time period, and great show, the actores are exceptional, Johnathan Rys Meyers plays King Henry (he played Elvis years ago). In each episode my eye immediately focuses on the beadwork and jewels they have on the actresses and actors. Each piece is just absolutely stunning. Talk about inspiring, I look forward each week to seeing what they are going to be wearing next. The mens collars, the womens necklaces, the bodices, their necklines on their gowns, the coronets and crowns all just to die for. A particularly stunning piece I noticed was a crown which Anne Boleyn wore of spiky pearls that rose at least 6 inches in the center and gradually shortened on the ends from the crown of her head. I am so envious of the actress playing Katherine of Aragon, she has the most beautiful head pieces, crowns, and necklaces. Amazing! Each piece made based on the historical portraits from centuries ago. Not everyone was privy to wearing jewels in those days, because of certain laws and they weren't even allowed to wear purple velvet. Can you imagine? In one of the first episodes, King Henry chooses between three beautiful brooches to give to his mistress Anne Boleyn, each stunning in their own right. Onyx, rubies, gold lockets, pearls....I had to know more and immediately web surfed what I could find for some inspiration of my own. If you haven't seen The Tudors yet, you can view bits of Katherine of Aragons costumes here TUDORS and other info HERE and if you have showtime all episodes are online at the showtime site as well as ON Demand on Comcast tv. I'm on a roll right now and am working on a necklace inspired by 'the tudors' and I'll post it will have lots of crystals and pearls and hopefully make anyone look a little regal!!!


  1. Hey, thanks for this post. I have often wished I had Showtime to watch Tudors, but not enough to buy it. We have On Demand on 3 TV's but I never use it. I am going to check it out and see if the show is available to me. Can't wait to see what you are inspired to create.

  2. Carol, Showtime is only available for free until April 9 on On Demand, so one day to engulf yourself in all the episodes one after the other. Check the "top picks" section which is where the show is listed.


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