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Andy Murray to Alexander McCall Smith: Scotland's tapestry grows

Andy Murray to Alexander McCall Smith: Scotland's tapestry grows

If a stitch in time saves nine, then The Great Tapestry of Scotland has saved a lot of work.

As the world’s longest tapestry, there are plenty of stitches throughout the huge piece of artwork.

Going on display at the Scottish Parliament, the textile is about to get a little longer with the addition of a new People’s Panel.

The new addition to the parliament’s exhibition foyer is a celebration of the building itself.

Returning to Edinburgh to mark the 15th anniversary of the parliament’s official opening, the venture has been hailed as one of the most ambitious community projects the country has ever seen.

Designed by artist Andrew Crummy, the tapestry is a collaboration between a number of creative figures from across Scottish culture.

Author Alexander McCall Smith and historian Alistair Moffat have both been instrumental figures in bringing the project to life.

And for Mary Richardson, who was one of the team of stitchers involved in the actual creation of the piece, the venture has been an interesting and challenging one that she has relished.

She said: “I’m very humble to be part of this project and to see it up on the wall is just fantastic.

“Usually you're working on small items and to start with, creating something this size was a bit daunting. But once you got yourself into it, it wasn’t a problem."

Organisation was key to the completion of the project.

As Mary explains, this venture was on a much bigger scale to any that she and her fellow stitchers had faced before.

She added: “The Battle of Prestonpans tapestry was the first tapestry that we really worked on but the panel sizes were smaller.

"The team and I went on from there to this project and it’s been a real difference."

Mary revealed that the panel featuring the profile and legacy of one of Edinburgh's foremost scientists is her favourite.

She said: "We did the James Hutton geology panel and that has to be my favourite.

"There are so many that are great, its hard to choose a favourite. They’re all wonderful, especially from the diversity covered.”

Creating the world’s longest tapestry is no small task and it’s required a large number of materials and coordination to get the job done.

Over 1000 stitchers have contributed to the project, spending 65,000 hours of stitching to piece the textile together.

An astonishing 420 million years of Scottish history are featured from end to end, with over 300 miles of wool creating the final product.

And for all the sewing geeks among you, stitches used in the creation of the 160 panels include stem, split and chain, with filling stitches like long and short, satin and darning, and composite stitches where appropriate.

Two-years in the making, scenes from throughout Scottish history are depicted. From early invaders, Viking conquests and geological formations to more contemporary subjects like folk music and even Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph, there’s something for everybody.

The tapestry is currently embarking on a Scottish wide tour that has already seen it appear in Paisley and it will head to New Lanark in October.

The exhibition in the Scottish Parliament runs until September 13, with the completed People's Panel remaining in Edinburgh as part of the building's art collection.

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