Lewis to feature in world’s longest tapestry

Lewis is to feature twice in a selection of only 160 key moments chosen to illustrate the entire history of Scotland.

Panels depicting Pytheas using the island during his circumnavigation of the British Isles in c320BC and the tragic loss of the Iolaire in 1919 will form part of the historic narrative for what is likely to become the world’s longest tapestry.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is the brainchild of one of Scotland’s best-known writers, Alexander McCall Smith.

The 44 Scotland Street author, together with historian Alistair Moffat, and the artistic talents of Andrew Crummy, not to mention stitchers from all over Scotland, form a team set to produce the world’s longest tapestry through one of the biggest community arts projects ever to take place in Scotland.

The aim is to create a series of over 160 panels that tell the key stories in Scottish history- everything from Duns Scotus to Dolly the sheep.

This exciting project will use a range of embroidery skills and over 30 miles of woollen yarn.

To date there are stitchers in practically every area of Scotland committed to taking part and these volunteers will work together for over 400 hours per panel.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland will be created – like the Bayeux Tapestry – on embroidered cloth, rather than a woven tapestry. It will be annotated variously in English, Gaelic, Latin and Scots.

It is expected that the project will take over a year to complete and the finished tapestry will go on display from August 2013.

Plans are underway to publish a book to accompany the finished tapestry. To keep up to date with the progress of the Great Tapestry of Scotland visit www.scotlandstapestry.com