September 2018: The Stamford Bridge Tapestry Project

On Saturday September 8th 2018, we were delighted to welcome some of the ladies involved in the Stamford Bridge Tapestry Project.Heather gave a wonderful entertaining and informative talk on the place of the Stamford Bridge Battle in the history of England.

If Harold Godwinson had not had to march north to fight two battles in order to defend his claim to the English throne he may have beaten William at the Battle of Hastings.

Shirley then talked about the inspiration behind commemorating the Battle of Stamford Bridge in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry.

She gave us a wonderful insight into the groundwork of preparing the drawings and transferring these onto the linen for stitching. The colour palette is as close to the Bayeux as possible with the addition of red and purple. The pictures are stitched with an outline stitch infilled with the Bayeux stitch. 20 ladies meet regularly taking turns to stitch each panel and each panel follows the style of the Bayeux tapestry with writing above the scene and the banner below has a symbol unique to each stitcher.

The expectation is that the whole work will be completed in the next few years and ultimately a  hoped for permanent display in Stamford Bridge.

A Berserker being brogged
Jean stitching
Jean stitching.
Heather (left) and Shirley

IMG_0003IMG_0002Thank you to the ladies for sharing your expertise and enthusiasm for this project and we look forward to following its progress and the opportunity to see the finished work.

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