Sunday, 17 May 2015

Magna Carta 800

Last year I found out that I had been selected as one of the members of the Embroiderers Guild who were each to embroider a picture for Cornelia Parker's 'Magna Carta, An Embroidery' now on show in the British Library in London. I've had to keep the news secret. This huge piece is an embroidered representation of the whole Wikipedia page about Magna Carta as it existed on one day in 2014. It has been worked by people from all walks of life from prisoners to politicians, famous and not famous. There is a link to the BL site here with more information

We all worked the panels in different ways, whatever suited the subject. We were given black perle for the lettering but apart from that could use whatever threads we chose.

My panel is a close up of the Runneymede memorial inscription, one of the last on the page and I chose to work it as an applique. There were a few of us at Tracy's who did them and we all did them differently.

If you are in London this summer do go and see it, it's free entry. If you can't, check out the video on the BL website above where Cornelia talks about making the piece.

Stitching silk dupion background

Long and short stitch with a bit of sparkle!

Or nue with Jap thread

Working the inscription


  1. That's another reason to go to London this summer... I shall look forward to seeing the real thing!

  2. Oooh !! Ihave seen the video and your work too, what an amazing project ! Be proud to be part of it.