The Members welcomed Gillian Roberts who had come along to talk to us about The Liverpool Tapestry which was started as part of Liverpool Capital of Culture. The Project was discussed in February 2008 and started in September 2008. Gillian went through all the statistics about the Tapestry including that it was made up of 103 miles of wool and 338 individual pieces of embroidery. Each of the pieces is 6”x6” and the work was started in the Ullet Road Unitarian Church with 73 people turning up. What started out as a small venture turned into a large community project with all part of our city becoming involved. It ended with 25 workshops over two and a half year. The Manager of Home and Bargain took part and even learnt to sew! People were asked to embroider a memory about Liverpool or something that was important to them. A special firm was employed to put all the pieces together and a display was held at The Liverpool Walker Art Gallery.
Gillian showed us her slides of the most memorable different pieces and people from all walks of life had taken part, even some disabled people had managed to produce beautiful embroidered pieces. The Tapestry was broken down into various topics including: Architecture, Churches, Superlamb banana , Education , Maritime, Sculpture/Art , Music , Football, Humour and Memories. Some of the pieces we saw were as follows: The Chinese Arch, Anglican Cathedral, Superlamb Banana suffragette, Holly Lodge Badge, Mersey Ferry, Crosby Iron Men, The 4 Beatles, Liverpool and Everton Football badges, Overhead railway and Diddymen.
The Tapestry, which should last for over 3000 years, now hangs in St Georges Hall and Gillian recommended that we all go along to look at it.