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June 24, 2014

the books arrived

P1050091shown here on a cutwork tablecloth I embroidered as a teenager

and haven’t done such a project since!

the books were ordered from The Book Depository in the U.K.

they came in 6 days and didn’t charge any postage

they even had a nice bookmark included

how’s that for service?

the hardback book has a  page for each separate tapestry

a brief description of the event that inspired the design is on the facing page

P1050096starting in the beginning

(click on the picture for a enlargement)

P1050098with a final double page for today’s history

the smaller book, subtitled “The Making of a Masterpiece”

is the story, from start to finish of making the idea a reality

artist/designer, Andrew Crummy left space in the borders for the stitchers to add their own designs

P1050104tiny stitches with crewel yarn on a linen/cotton cloth woven in Scotland

the design, the people who organized this mega project and the 1000 stitchers

P1050106they signed their names in corners the size of postage stamps

Dave was a helpful husband!

Scottish humour is evident throughout

P1050092a community effort and the pride that came with it

P1050093many of the groups went to the site they were depicting

I was so fascinated with the story I stayed up all night and read every word from start to finish

my only disappointment  is that there are no macro close-ups of the stitching

13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 26, 2014 1:04 am

    such an awe inspiring project. of course they have a system to train people and a council for the crafts that supports practitioners. and respect from the general public.


  2. June 25, 2014 9:20 am

    So fun that you got the books on the Tapestry and so quickly too! I’m sure the background stories are a fascinating read.


    • June 25, 2014 1:00 pm

      Louisa – I’ve just come from an ANWG planning committee meeting – can not even imagine what the planning was like to organize 1000 stichers, some on tiny outer islands!


  3. June 25, 2014 3:14 am

    You ordered them! You got them! I talked about ordering and haven’t done it yet–very typical of me, sad to say. But your review will get me moving–the books sound great and we have Kate Davies blog for the macros, right? And I am impressed with your 13-year-old tablecloth! I’m not sure I’ve ever known anyone who actually did cutwork before!


    • June 25, 2014 7:21 am

      Kerry – I’ve been sharing the books, so far everyone is in awe. my Mom was a fan of cutwork and embroidery.
      Kathy – thanks, my two previous blogs have links to “Needled”.


  4. Kathy Nystrom permalink
    June 24, 2014 10:19 pm

    Check out Kate Davies’ blog, Needled. She covered aspects of the tapestry on June 13-15 in great detail. Some of her pictures are very close of all the stitches involved, since she went to where it’s being exhibited & was able to photograph it.


  5. June 24, 2014 7:50 pm

    Wow that Scottish book looks beautiful. I have used the Book Depository many times. It’s really great and very quick too.


    • June 24, 2014 8:06 pm

      Myra – the work in the Scottish panels is brilliant. I am very impressed with the Book Depository.


  6. June 24, 2014 4:41 pm

    I’m a macro junkie, too! Your cutwork is beautiful…my stitches were not very worthy as a teenager.


    • June 24, 2014 4:50 pm

      Kristin – my stitches are nothing compared to those on the tapestry and they were better then than now.


  7. June 24, 2014 11:31 am

    Wow! What an amazing project! And your cutwork tablecloth is gorgeous. I like that you used colour rather than all white.


    • June 24, 2014 11:50 am

      Heather – I am absolutely enthralled with the tapestry. I did the tablecloth when I was about 13 – green for shamrocks, purple thistles and pink roses, guess I wasn’t thinking beyond that!


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