Needles at the ready as tapestry project takes shape

Highlands and Islands tapestry sample. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Crummy and Kirstie Campbell.

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Highlands and Islands stitchers are being sought to create bespoke community panels to create an embroidered tapestry that captures the spirit of the area.

The team behind the Inverness Castle Project is working with the creative figures responsible for The Great Tapestry of Scotland. The work will be designed by artist Andrew Crummy, designer of The Prestonpans Tapestry, The Great Tapestry of Scotland, The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry and many others.

The tapestry is being created as part of the Spirit of the Highlands and Islands project in partnership with VisitScotland.

Project officer Sophie Gartshore said: ‘We need stitchers who are resident in the Highlands and Islands.

‘These stitchers will work with the Tapestry Team, pick up a needle and yarn and add to the wonderful themes which are being developed.

‘Prior sewing/textile experience is beneficial, but not essential.’

The project will also need logistical and practical support with equipment and outreach activities such as joinery, textile production or performance and workshop delivery.

Historian Alistair Moffat will curate the content, drawing inspiration from stories submitted by communities and using his vast knowledge of Scottish history and culture.

Volunteers are invited to apply as individuals or as part of an existing group which wants to stitch together. Those applying as individuals will be introduced to other stitchers from their area to form new groups.

Stitching is expected to start in early summer 2022 and all sewing must be finished by early 2023.

For more information and an application form to volunteer visit www.spiritofthehighlands.com/spirit-journey-tapestry-registration/

Alternatively, request a registration pack by emailing anna.marshall@janrutherford.co.uk or write to Anna Marshall, Spirit of the Highlands Tapestry, 5 West Stanhope Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5HQ.