The Great Tapestry of Scotland
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The Great Tapestry of Scotland

By (author) Alistair Moffat , By (author) Andrew Crummy

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The brainchild of bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, historian Alistair Moffat and artist Andrew Crummy, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is an outstanding celebration of thousands of years of Scottish history and achievement, from the end of the last Ice Age to Dolly the Sheep. Over 500 volunteer stitchers spent a total of 55,000 sewing hours and 49,000 meters of yarn on the 140 panels that make up this extraordinary work of art. Like the Bayeux tapestry, the Great Tapestry of Scotland has been created on embroidered cloth, and is annotated in English, Gaelic, Scots and Latin. This book follows on from the paperback and shows in full colour plates the finished panels of the tapestry, one of the biggest community arts projects ever to take place in Scotland - together with descriptive and explanatory material.

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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 252 x 254 x 32mm | 1,679.97g
  • 01 Oct 2014
  • Birlinn General
  • BIRLINN LTD
  • Edinburgh
  • English
  • 1780271603
  • 9781780271606
  • 24,991

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Andrew Crummy has worked for New Musical Express, The Observer magazine, Design Week, Creative Review and Time Out magazine. He has developed multiple large-scale, collaborative artworks in public and community settings across the world, and has been involved in a huge range of book publications, multimedia events, festivals and educational programmes. Alistair Moffat is a former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television. He now runs the Borders and Lennoxlove book festivals and is currently Rector of St Andrews University. He has written numerous books, including Tuscany, The Faded Map, The Sea Kingdoms, The Borders and The Scots: A Genetic Journey, all of which are published by Birlinn.

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'This remarkable teamwork has made Andrew Crummy's artistic vision a reality, and The Great Tapestry of Scotland is now a gift to the nation' - Edinburgh Life '[T]he most ambitious attempt to capture the past in needle and thread since the Bayeux Tapestry ... The result is not just visually stunning but intensely moving and occasionally very funny' - The Times '[T]his beautiful book follows the journey taken during the creation of this fascinating project' - The Lady 'This sumptuous book details every single panel in rich detail, giving a real sense of the scale of the project [...] perfect as an introduction to this wonderful work of art, or as a reminder for anyone who has seen the exhibition' - National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies 'The beauty of this book lies in the ample space devoted to illustrating each panel of the tapestry, allowing the reader to study the detail in the crafting of each story at their leisure' - Scottish Field 'If you are unable to see the Tapestry in all its glory, this wonderful book will take you through the country's history from the Ice Age to the present day as told in the stitches of 160 panels' - New Stitches

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