The Great Tapestry of Scotland

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The Great Tapestry of Scotland

Kirkcaldy Galleries, Fife, Scotland

from 20th June 2015 – 20th September 2015

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is one of the biggest community projects in the world, with 160 individual panels, lovingly stitched by more than 1,000 volunteers. The Tapestry has been on display at Kirkcaldy Galleries since 20 June and in that time over 50,000 people have been amazed and delighted by the scale, quality and exuberance of the design and fantastic detail of the stitching.It was designed by Andrew Crummy who trained as an illustrator at Duncan of Jordanstone college of Art. He has since worked for New Musical Express, The Observer Magazine, Design Week, Creative Review, and Time Out Magazine.

Stitching began in the Spring of 2012 and was almost complete for the first exhibition in September 2013. At that point four panels out of a total 160 panels remained unfinished. These panels were completed in late 2013 and the completed tapestry was hung for the first time in Aberdeen Art Gallery from February to April 2014. Each panel (1 metre x 1 metre) took at least 500 hours to complete. That is a total of more than 50,000 hours (equivalent to sewing 24 hours a day for 6 years!).

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is 143 metres long.

(photographs by Margaret Crichton)