Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Overlord Embroidery

One panel from The Overload Embroidery.  New Stitches, No. 82.  2000.

Her Grace The Duchess recently brought this item to my attention.

The Overload Embroidery consists of 34 panels, each 2.4 meters long and 0.9 meters deep.  With a total length of 83 meters (272 feet), it is one of the world's longest embroideries. Like the more famous Bayeux Tapestry which recounts the Battle of Hastings, is a pictorial tribute to the D-Day landings in Normandy. It was commissioned by Lord Dulverton of Batsford, and is now on permanent display at the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth, England.  The painting was by Sandra Lawrence and the embroidery itself was undertaken by the Royal School of Needlework and took five years to complete.

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