Stitchers: Do you want to take part in history?

I’ve just realised I’ve never told you (on my blog) that I’ve been asked to take part in the making of The Scottish Tapestry! How remiss of me especially as I would love some of you to help with this mammoth task.

The idea was conceived by the writer Alexander McCall Smith who felt Scotland should have a new tapestry celebrating its history. Along with historian and festival organiser Alistair Moffat he enlisted the help of Andrew Crummy to design over 120 panels and the stitchers of the Prestonpans Tapestry to make the idea reality.

The panels are being issued and I would like to team up with around 4 other stitchers based in or near Glasgow to create our section. At approximately a meter squared in size it’ll take from August 2012 to March 2013 to complete it. It will then be added to the other panels and revealed in August 2013 at the Scottish Parliament. However, as only one person can work on it at a time I thought we could take turns every fortnight, in rotation, to work on it. This means that it shouldn’t be burdensome for any of us.

All the equipment has been given to us including canvas and tapestry wool. I also have a slate frame which can be used by team members. When we meet fortnightly we will pass it on to the next stitcher, can discuss how it is going, possible stitches and also what we might like to add to part of it (I’m being deliberately mysterious here, heehee) all over a cup of tea or coffee.

You do not have to be an experienced hand stitcher or hold lots of certificates in embroidery. I am looking for enthusiasm and committment over the 9 months as your stitching will improve while you work on it.

If you are interested you can email or why not pop along to my open evening at Make It Glasgow on Tuesday 14th August 2012 anytime between 5pm and 7pm. I will have the piece and materials with me. I can also explain more about how we will work and what will happen to the full piece when it is finished.

Want a sneaky preview? Ok…

top right corner

a bit of artist’s idea

lovely wool

enough teasing?

If you’re going to the Edinburgh Festival on 18th August why not pop down to The Festival of Politics at the Scottish Parliament and get an idea of what we’re all doing for the tapestry at the A Stitch in Time event. It’s free but ticketed. They also have a talk during the day & I’m going to both, yippee!

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One response to “Stitchers: Do you want to take part in history?

  1. Pingback: A little bit of history | Frayed at the Edges

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