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What to Embroider?

The ENDEAVOUR exhibition will take place in Liverpool Cathedral, St. James Mount, Liverpool L1 7AZ from 22nd September  – 29th September 2018.

The ENDEAVOUR exhibition is to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of  HMS Endeavour’s voyage with Captain Cook and Joseph Banks. The voyage was the first major scientific exploration of “unknown lands” and it was originally planned to observe the 1769 Transit of Venus across the Sun. Have a look at the History page to find out more.

The exhibition will be held in the well of the cathedral, which is a large space to fill. If you feel you can make a large embroidery or two, please do so! However we hope you will feel inspired to contribute a new embroidery to the exhibition.

So what to embroider?

This is the route HMS Endeavour took on this first journey. Just imagine the new sights that Captain Cook and Joseph Banks viewed. You might be inspired by any images from the many lands they visited.

You can take inspiration from the plants discovered, the patterns of the Maori and Aborigine cultures, or the process of the voyage itself. There are a wide variety of subjects to inspire you, and any embroidery technique can be used.

Some simple Maori designs

All these images have meanings. You might research the meanings of some of these symbols here

Aboriginal art and symbols

All these symbols have meanings. You might research the meanings of some symbols here

There are many more images and symbols than those shown here. More research needed!

Tahiti and Polynesian symbols and designs

There are many more images and symbols than those shown here. Each island has its own designs and Tahiti seems to have the turtle. This site offers quite a clear explanation of all the designs

If you have any pictures or information you would like to add to this page please contact Hilary   itrep@megonline.co.uk  and we will gladly update the page accordingly.