The Great Tapestry of Scotland is the brainchild of one of Scotland’s best known writers, Alexander McCall Smith.
The 44 Scotland Street author, together with historian Alistair Moffat, and the artistic talents of Andrew Crummy, not to mention stitchers from all over Scotland, form a team set to produce one of the world’s longest embroidered tapestries through one of the biggest community arts projects ever to take place in Scotland.
The creation of the tapestry initiates a legacy project worth its length in gold.
It is a unique and outstanding opportunity to tell a nation’s history and to involve as many people as possible in the telling.
The aim is to create a series of over one hundred and sixty panels that tell the key stories in Scottish history.
Pictured are the Angus and Aberdeenshire ladies responsible for stitching panel 101, entitled ‘North Sea Oil Licences 1965 Aberdeen Nigg Bay’.
The ladies spent over 400 hours stitching the panel which is now off to The Scottish Parliament Building where the completed tapestry will debut at an exhibition later this year.
Plans are under way to put the artwork on tour, and ultimately and find a permanent home.
Number-crunching for the Great Tapestry of Scotland
50,000 sewing hours
49,000 meters of yarn
12,000 years of Scottish history
1,000 stitchers (40 called Margaret)
1 beautiful tapestry depicting the entire history of Scotland.
Readers may recall that towards the end of last year we featured another panel, being embroidered by two ladies from our area, Gail Hughes and Kate MacKenzie.
Their panel depicted ‘The Steamie’ and was designed by Andrew Crummy.