Saturday, 31 May 2014

The Great Tapestry of Scotland.

Yesterday I visited the exhibition of The Great Tapestry of Scotland. Wow! It's absolutely amazing. The stitchwork is beautiful, such gorgeous colours and texture.

I took loads of photos, mainly of little details that caught my eye, but occasionally I'd step back for a bigger picture.

The tapestry is in Paisley until the 8th of June when it moves to Edinburgh for the summer.

All the panels together make a tapestry that is 143 metres long, the longest tapestry in the world. It's the artwork and the skill of the those who did the embroidery that impresses most though. Here's a link to BearPaw, a blogger who was actually involved in stitching one of the panels, she did the mountain hare which is one of the motifs I particularly liked.

Each panel links to a period in Scottish history. The information on the panels was well written and informative. An excellent book could be made using the text accompanied by photos of the panels. I had a look at the paperback book that was on sale but didn't buy it as the layout was very uninspiring - there was an overlong introduction describing how it all came about (interesting, but not needed for the book) and just one dull photo for each panel showing the whole panel, no close-ups of the little motifs and stitchwork. I think at least a thousand more photos showing all the little details would have done it more justice!

Anyway, here are a few of the photos I took. There are rather a lot and should have been more, I wish I'd taken ones of each panel as I went along. I may have to go back!



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