The Modern Bayeux Tapestry

Deutsch: Teppich von BayeuxDeutsch: Teppich von Bayeux (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Detail of the Bayeux Tapestry showing text and...Detail of the Bayeux Tapestry showing text and outlines in stem stitch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A friend, Sandra,  from class yesterday informed me of a new tapestry that has been created in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry.

A stitched tapestry narrating 350 years of social history went on display at  Ely Cathedral. It's 145 foot long.

In 27 days almost 12,000 people visited it at Ely Cathedral.

The idea of brilliant embroiderer Anne Wynn-Wilson following a remark
from a boy in her Sunday school in 1981, the Quaker Tapestry is made up
of 77 embroidered panels made by 4,000 men, women and children from all
over the world. Its, 145 foot long. In 27 days almost 12,000 people visited it at Ely Cathedral.

The panel below has a relationship to Australia and ultimately "Quilting"



Between 1818 and 1841 Elizabeth Fry visited 106 ships transporting
prisoners to Australia to ensure the well-being of the passengers on
board. She provided every woman prisoner with a bag containing all that
was required to make a patchwork quilt to combat the hours of boredom
they faced on their lengthy journey and something they could sell or use
as proof of their skills.

Only one of these transportation quilts has survived. ‘The Rajah
Quilt’ named after the ship on which it was sewn, is in the National
Gallery of Australia. Blood samples from the pricking of fingers have
been found on the quilt and some of the patches were sewn on back to
front. This suggests the dimly lit conditions in which the quilt was

Appropriately, the panel depicting this event was mostly embroidered
in Australia. Designed by Joe McCrum and Anne Wnn-Wilson and embroidered
by Ann Castle and Friends in Australia. The bottom section was drawn
and stitched by children.

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