Embroidery of the century – 1975

Sandra explaining what we needed to do next. You will notice we used dining plates as templates when the stitched pieces weren't ready.
Sandra explaining what we needed to do next. You will notice we used dining plates as templates when the stitched pieces weren’t ready.

Some years ago now, a lady called Lavinia Earl came up with the idea of groups of embroiderers across the UK making a 20th/21st century version of the Bayeux Tapestry. This time, though, instead of commemorating a battle, the idea was to encapsulate the essence of the 20th Century.

Each year was to be remembered in stitches on a panel roughly 1.5 metres by1.5. Many groups joined this, although it has taken longer than expected and is still not complete. Almost three years ago, a group of friends in South Yorkshire, who already met regularly for what they referred to as Stitch and Bitch, decided to give it a go.

They chose 1975 from the list of years still unallocated and began to create their panel. Attached are pictures of the work in progress and, in time, there will be a narrative to go with it.

By now, each of the embroideries was complete, as were the stars and the three panels. (one with the year down the left hand edge, one for Lucy in the Sky across the top and one celebrating a Royal visit across the base.)
By now, each of the embroideries was complete, as were the stars and the three panels. (one with the year down the left hand edge, one for Lucy in the Sky across the top and one celebrating a Royal visit across the base.)

No matter how we tried, the panel and its component parts seemed to take up all the room we had.
No matter how we tried, the panel and its component parts seemed to take up all the room we had.