Sew amazing - the Great Tapestry of Scotland

Great Tapestry of Scotland Panel 'Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work In, Jimmy Reid 1971'
Great Tapestry of Scotland Panel 'Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work In, Jimmy Reid 1971'

It’s the artwork at the heart of Scotland’s largest ever community arts projects - and a Kirkintilloch mum has helped to create it.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is a stunning, 143 metre embroidered tapestry depicting the entire history of Scotland.

Caroline Thomson, from Kirkintilloch, was one of more than 1,000 voluntary stitchers to take part in the project.

It was spearheaded by one of the world’s most popular authors, Alexander McCall Smith.

Alexander, together with historian Alistair Moffat and artist Andrew Crummy, designed 160 historical panels each depicting key moments from Scotland’s past, from pre-history to the 21st century.

It’s all there, from the crawl of the glaciers to Dolly the Sheep - not forgetting the Hillman Imp and Archie Gemmil’s goal.

Caroline (51) is a member of the West of Scotland Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

Around 15 to 20 members of the group put together the panel called ‘Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in, Jimmy Reid 1971’.

She said: “We took it in turns to create the panel. I spent several hours on it and only did the outline border. Some people had it for a couple of weeks.

“It was really interesting and a very important thing to be part of.”

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is debuting in a free public exhibition at the Scottish Parliament, Monday to Saturday, until September 21.

Plans are also underway to tour the artwork and find a permanent home.

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