This year Tewkesbury held it’s “Big Weekend”, and it is the first time in a long time that it has happened. One of the projects associated with the event has been “Stitch Story” and I went along to have a squizz at the end result.
To quote the website “Stitch story is an ambitious new project, to bring together 15,000 Tewkesbury residents in one wonderful new community embroidery. We invite you to take part and add your handiwork and history to this impressive fabric piece, over 8 metres in length alongside some of the more well-known events in thread!
Tewkesbury local and talented textiles artist Jo Teague is leading all the workshops and is looking forward to bringing local stories to life: “There is so much more to Tewkesbury than the historical headlines. The workshops and drop-in session will give people the opportunity to share their Tewkesbury and leave stitches and stories for generations to come!” The newly appointed Community Engagement Producer, Megan Dunford, is working with all the partners in the Tewkesbury Culture Network to bring people together through this Heritage Lottery Funded Project: “What’s great is it’s for absolutely everyone. You don’t have to have ever picked up a needle to get involved. The embroidery is a huge part of it, but so are the stories. The workshops and drop-in sessions will all be free, and we aim to pop up with our needles and thread in all sorts of places in Tewkesbury and surrounding villages!” This community embroidery will be on full display for all to see, with every stitch from over 8,000 participants making up part of this important and historically significant textile piece.” Description from (https://www.samantha-morris.com/blogs/be-an-artist/stitch-story)
The finished product was on view at the George Watson Memorial Hall on this weekend and the end result is very impressive. It is like our very own modern day Bayeux Tapestry but without dudes on horses and interesting writing. It was no easy task to photograph the object as it is over 8 metres long and it will not fit in my lens unless I stand very far away.
I pondered on how to photograph it, but all my plans really came to zero when confronted by the people standing in front of it. I ended up coming back to try again on the next day and was a bit more successful this time around. The middle image is really an overlap of the two sides. Each image is quite wide but only 500px high and opens in a new tab.
There are 3 separate panels on display too and these came out quite well. Unfortunately 2 of the items are portrait orientated instead of landscape, so they tend to be quite large.
Hats off to those who participated, it really looks great and hopefully it will become something that we can be proud of. I believe it will be on display at the Abbey at some point and I will head out there to try get more pics. I think I am out of practise taking pics though, either that or I have the shakes.
DRW 2022. Created 21/05/2022.