Villagers sew up tapestry project

Some of the women from the Dolphinholme Sew and So's, with their creation, which forms part of the Embroidery of the Century, from left, Muriel Hall, Janet Halhead, Janet Edwards, Linda Newby and Judith Gorst.
Some of the women from the Dolphinholme Sew and So's, with their creation, which forms part of the Embroidery of the Century, from left, Muriel Hall, Janet Halhead, Janet Edwards, Linda Newby and Judith Gorst.
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MEMBERS of a sewing group have taken a stitch back in time to help create a giant tapestry.

The Embroidery of the Century will depict scenes from every year of the 20th century and sewing groups across Britain and beyondare each taking charge of one year.

Eleven women from the Dolphinholme Sew and Sos have finished embroidering their 1988 panel after 15 months of hard work.

The panel, measuring 60 inches by 91 inches, depicts local events including campaigns to save Dolphinholme School from closure and to extend the village hall.

It also portrays national goings on, including Margaret Thatcher becoming the longest serving UK prime minister, the Lockerbie bombing and the Seoul Olympics.

The group initially formed just before the new millennium to make a panel marking the turn of the 21st century, which depcits Dolphinholme’s community groups and is now on display in the village hall.

Upon its completion, the group disbanded, but reformed to work on the Embroidery of the Century, which is the brainchild of Lavinia Earl from Dorset.

She hopes the finished tapestry will be displayed at top museums, with proceeds raised going to the War Child charity, which helps youngsters whose lives have been devastated by war.

The Dolphinholme panel was unveiled at a coffee morning held at a member’s house in Upper Dolphinholme to raise funds for St Mark’s CE Church.

Janet Edwards, a member of the Sew and Sos, from nearby hamlet Greenbank, came up with the idea of taking part in the project.

She said: “It is something akin to the famous Bayeaux Tapestry (which depicts the events surrounding the Norman Conquest).

“We specifically asked to do 1988 because of the things that happened locally.

“We got together on various occasions and people took bits away to their homes.

“We are thrilled with the result and will arrange a trip to go and see the embroidery on display when it is complete.”