I’m going to share my life project.
It’s my Mount Everest, and I’ve been working through the process of the re-creation of the Bayeux Tapestry as a quilt for almost 16 years.
Research, I have every book I can find that was written about the Bayeux Tapestry and a vast library of information on William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings. I’m writing a book on the subject myself.
I’ve spent weeks filming in France and Britain with my son a documentary maker. We’ve interviewed people in both countries, and I’ve walked the route taken by the soldiers from the Ocean to the battlefield in Hastings. You can find more information at
First came the pattern. I had to draw 80 metres of illustration, which is the same size as the original tapestry. I drew it on velum to reverse the design to create the applique using fusible web.
Then came the applique. I would get up at 4.00 am each day and work until 7.00 am, then take a short time for breakfast and back out into the studio until 10.00. That way, I could concentrate on purely working in the zone.
All of the details will be in my book; however, there is a wealth of information on my Bayeux blog, with the link above.
I’m using Aurifil 50 weight thread and a size 60/8 sharp’ needle. I try to match it precisely to the fabric in the applique piece, but each piece is illustrated before I applique and then over the thread when it’s sewn down. I’m using a very fine blanket stitch, and to be honest; you can barely see it. I find the range of colours in Aurifil to work very well with my chosen fabrics.
There you go, my Magnum Opus.