The Great Tapestry of Scotland: The Making of a Masterpiece
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The brainchild of bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, historian Alistair Moffat, and artist Andrew Crummy, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is an outstanding celebration of thousands of years of Scottish history and achievement, from the end of the last Ice Age to Dolly the Sheep. More than 1,000 volunteer stitches spent a total of 60, 000 sewing hours using more than 300 miles of yarn to create the 160 panels that make up this extraordinary work of art. Like the Bayeux tapestry, the Great Tapestry of Scotland has been created on embroidered cloth, and is annotated in English, Gaelic, Scots and Latin. This book tells the story of this unique undertaking—one of the biggest community arts projects ever to take place in Scotland—and includes full-color plates of a selection of the panels from the completed tapestry, together with descriptive and explanatory material.
their finished panels. Life isn’t on hold while you’re stitching. The Newport on Tay group marked an arrival and a departure in the nine months it took them to complete their tapestry: the joy of a first grandchild, and the loss of a much-loved father-in-law. The Crewel Chicks celebrated their final stitches in hospital as Betty had to go in for minor surgery. And there were several panels returned to the Hub because, for a variety of reasons, their stitchers could not complete them. They were
Candida Casa, the White House. 12 Then St Columba came. In the later sixth century, in the wake of Irish warbands who crossed the North Channel to colonise what had been Pictish territory, he founded the monastic community at Iona. Argyll loosely translates as the Coastlands of the Gaels. They brought not only the word of God but also the Gaelic language. Some believe that they are interchangeable and that the latter is indeed the language of Eden. 14 In the seventh and eighth
him as one of the most famous film actors of all time. Other Scots have followed, such as Ewan McGregor, Brian Cox, Kelly Macdonald, Tom Conti and Tilda Swinton. Behind the camera, Alexander Mackendrick, Bill Forsyth and Lynne Ramsay have directed memorable work. And one of the most commercially successful films of all time, Braveheart, told the story of a Scottish hero William Wallace. 150 Dashed hopes and overblown optimism characterise one of the most calamitous episodes in Scotland’s
don’t really do heights’ and they ended up toasting the project with (non-alcoholic) wine back at the car. However, Hutton’s rocks provided plenty of opportunities for interesting stitching. Mary set herself a challenge to see if she could include a stitch in the panel with every letter of the alphabet, searching in books and on the internet to find the more unusual letters. ‘We were so excited when I found Van Dyke stitch!’ she says. The Crewel Chicks’n’ Dave with their panel at Siccar
job in adult education with Angus Council in 1999 and quickly discovered a liking for bargello work, a style inspired by Florentine design involving blocks of flat stitches laid in a mathematical pattern. He applied to take part in the Great Tapestry of Scotland after his wife heard about it on the radio. ‘I was stitching away and she came running through to tell me that Alexander McCall Smith had said there weren’t any men and that I should find out about it.’ He was invited to join up with