Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Magna Carta an Embroidery
To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, a 13-metre long embroidery of the Magna Carta Wikipedia page was created by Cornelia Parker.
The exquisite crown for the embroidery (shown in progress above) was created in goldwork by the Royal School of Needlework using 'applied cloth of gold fabric; satin stitch in silk floss thread to create the crown’s pearls, jewels and orb and silk shading to replicate the luxurious velvet. Fine gold threads such as pearl purl, cutwork chips in bright and dull check were used to create the gold crown.'
The embroidery was recently on display at the British Library (exhibit link). I'm not sure if it's going to tour the country or find a permanent home, but you can see a 'making of' video below.