Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Great Tapestry of Scotland part 2

Jessie, our washer woman at the Steamie, is coming along very nicely indeed.  Gail has done an absolutely fantastic job with the washing in her basket which has added some great colour and texture to our panel.

Yesterday I went to a Great Tapestry of Scotland meeting in Newport on Tay.  
It was great to meet other stitchers and see their panels in various states of completion.  
I was especially pleased (and very reassured) that our panel received lots of lovely compliments and delighted to hear that she is now widely known as 

Dorie Wilkie, the head stitcher, was on hand to give advice to each group/ individual.  
Here she is demonstrating heavy chain stitch, which is to be used for all the borders on the tapestry.

Andrew Crummy, the tapestry artist, was also there.  
We'd been invited to suggest ideas as to what should go in the borders of our panel.  
Gail had found some images of washing powder of the period, and I'd roughly sketched these on to a photocopy of our design along with a washing line and soapy bucket.

Here's Andrew drawing the washing line and a couple of boxes onto our linen.  
We're going to do some research into the famous steamies that were in each of Scotland's cities and maybe add their names on as well.

This is the Balmoral panel which is absolutely stunning.  
There's an amazing amount of detail, and I particularly love the way the group have made each tree different.

The lace detail on Queen Victoria's bonnet is lovely too.

I forget the name of this panel (sorry) but it contains a quote, "Oh tell me fit was on yer road, ye roarin norland wind," from Violet Jacob's poem, The Norland Wind, also known as The Wild Geese. 

This panel is being stitched by a group of eight ladies and conveniently it has eight hands depicted on it, so everyone gets to stitch their own hand!

This panel depicts the Battle of Dunichen in 685AD, when the Picts defeated the Angles.  
This battle is explained fully at the Pictavia visitor centre just outside Brechin.

This shows a section of the panel depicting Captain Scott's ship, HMS Discovery, setting sail from Dundee.

The crew's sealskin gloves are brilliant!  
They are stitched as tightly packed loops which are then trimmed to give the sealskin effect.

This panel depicting the three Js of Dundee - jam, jute & journalism - has only just been started.

We have until June to complete our panel, which sounds a long way away, but as Gail pointed out, it's only five more two week sessions each.  Eeek!  


  1. It looks lovely, Kate, and what a lot of work goes into it! Congratulations!

    Anita from Spain

  2. wow Kate Jessie looking fantastic the other parts are looking great too will be good to see the whole thing when finished.

    Ann Gray.

    1. Thanks Ann :)

      You'll have to go to Edinburgh to see the whole thing sometime after August, but Jessie will be back with me next week so you can have a peek at her then!

  3. Yes, many of us in the e-community are getting very fond of Jessie. I love your washing powder idea, it's going to be a great panel.

    Veronica, Smailholm Group

    1. Thanks Veronica :)

      All the panels are looking great, can't wait to see the whole thing finished!

  4. OOh how lovely to see Jessie again in her continuing colourful glory! Fab to see the panel in progress - incorporating your suggestions and the artists handiwork!
    The other panels look great too what an amazing artwork and an honour to be able to follow its progress alongside you all!
    Looking forward to seeing the washing line and soapy bucket!
    Ali x

    1. Thanks Ali :)

      Not sure if the soapy bucket's going to be included, but the washing line is a definite. I've requested some pink wool for the bloomers. I'm sure my mum used to refer to 'knicker pink'!!


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