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The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry…. Guest blogger: Barbara Gilbert

May 24, 2016

The term “Tapestry” in the title of this project is a misnomer as it really is a massive embroidery project.  It consists of 305 individual panels, each 50 cm x 50 cm (20 inches x 20 inches).  Each panel has been designed and drawn by the Scottish artist Andrew Crummy.  The panels depict the diverse history of the Scottish diaspora all around the world – from the settlements and explorations to the many important scientific, architectural, economic, and cultural contributions that continue to the present day.

To quote from the website of the Scottish diaspora Tapestry project: This is “ A project to involve communities around the world in celebration of Scottish heritage and culture, the people and places which connect Scotland to its global diaspora.
Scots have migrated all over the world and have often had a profound impact on the areas where they settled. This project brought together stories from more than such communities, documenting their Scottish connections in more than 300 embroidered panels. It is a remarkable and heart-felt homage to the determination, courage and achievement of Scottish migrants and their descendants across the centuries.”

Embroiderers from 31 countries around the world volunteered their time and skill to embroider the panels.   The panels were returned to Scotland where they were stretched and mounted individually.

There are 37 regional panels from Canada.  Four of these panels were stitched by members of the Embroiderers’ Guild of Victoria (Sir James Douglas, Robert Dunsmuir, Agnes Dean Cameron, and Simon Fraser) between January 2014 and May 2014.

 Victoria Embroiderers Diana Caleb worked on Craigdarroch. Anne Cimkett and Barbara Lake worked on Simon Fraser Panel.



3 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny Peters permalink
    May 24, 2016 2:32 am

    Simply wonderful that you were able to get there to see it. Inspiring!

  2. May 24, 2016 7:05 am

    I made the trip to Victoria last week to see this and would highly recommend it, if you get the chance. It’s so moving to see the wide range of interpretation in how different embroiderers chose their colors and stitches, yet completely unified by the stylized designs by Andrew Crummy. I was particularly thrilled to see the panel from the city where my Scot-Irish g-grandfather had emigrated from! Thank you Barbara, for sharing about this amazing embroidery project.

  3. May 25, 2016 8:48 pm

    Thanks Barbara for sharing this wonderful embroidery with us.

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