For those of you who are thinking of attending our ‘Take a Town: Saltash’ event on 20th September, we have a bit more information for you!
The day was advertised as including a chance to see the Saltash Tapestry. Now, however, we will also have the special treat of meeting the tapestry’s designer and principal stitcher, Andrew Tritton!
Tritton came up with the idea of creating an embroidered history of Saltash in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry, and started work on his presentation piece in 2011. The piece took him a year to complete and he then showed it to the Secretary of Saltash Heritage who suggested taking the idea further. So after a presentation to the Town Council to attain initial funding, Andrew had a meeting with all the “movers and shakers” in Saltash to bring on board artist and artisans.
More than 60 local residents were involved with the project with 26 embroiderers to transform the initial drawings into beautiful works of art, which was then sewn together to produce an embroidery more than 100 feet long depicting the history in more than 50 scenes from the towns history.
The linen for the tapestry was sourced from Peter Greig, Ltd in Kircaldy in Scotland and the wools from Bayeux in France.
The completed tapestry was presented to the public in 2016.
Anyone with an interest in needlework or in history (or both!) will be keen to come along to hear Andrew Tritton talk about designing and working on this unique piece.
You can read more about the tapestry here.
Deadline to apply for Take a Town: Saltash is Thursday 9th August. Your WI Secretary has an application form.