Tapestries & Famous Embroideries

Britain's Bayeux Tapestry at the Museum of Reading

Here you can read the tale told by the Bayeux Tapestry. The story of William the Conqueror and Harold, Earl of Wessex, the men who led the Norman and Saxon armies in 1066. William's defeat of Harold at the Battle of Hastings ensured the success of the Norman invasion of England...

Scene by scene view of the Tapestry.

Link to mention: Bayeux Tapestry Shop, threads and patterns.

Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots Embroideries

Mary's first contact with embroidery and needlework was while growing up in France. Her first mother-in-law, Catherine de Medici was very skilled in the art as were most women in those days of the Renaissance.

The Overlord Embroidery

The Overlord Embroidery is a unique 83-metre-long textile tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of those who took part in Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, on 6 June 1944. The start of the Embroidery clearly shows what was happening in Britain on the 'Home Front'. It shows the building of ships and planes, Women's Land Army in the fields and children wearing gas masks.

The Quaker Tapestry 

A modern tapestry, this international community project explores three centuries of social history within 77 fascinating panels.

The Unicorn Tapestries

As early as the seventeenth century, the Unicorn Tapestries were documented as having been displayed as a group. Surely they were collected and exhibited together because together they illustrate the pursuit of the elusive unicorn so completely and in such astonishing detail, despite the likelihood that the seven individual hangings may come from two or more sets of tapestries. While its sacred and secular symbolism may not be as familiar to us today, we are still enchanted by the unicorn and its lore. 

Download The Unicorn Tapestries pdf publication.

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