I could write so many posts about the wonders I saw and the fun I had yesterday at The Big Stitch at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. I am going to focus posts on the two main bits I took part in: The World’s Longest Embroidery and Raised Work Embroidery. As you can probably tell by the title of this post, this focuses on The World’s Longest Embroidery.
I got to the Ashmolean before the Big Stitch started, so headed to the cafe for a quick, refreshing drink. I looked at my map and planned my day, then headed across the floor to see this huge bit of embroidery. Now I knew it was long obviously, but I didn’t expect to see it running up the wall a few times!
Over 7000 people from all around the world have added their mark to this piece of embroidery and were doing so when I arrived.
I sat down towards the end of this table and spotted a huge roll of the fabric next to me!
Contributions on the quilt are completely open to the stitchers. Here are some of the contributions near where I sat:
This is what I added:
As you can tell, I’m feeling the Christmassy vibe a bit at the moment! I did it completely freehand, as you can tell as it’s not perfect straight, and the angles are off. It took me far longer than I realised, but it was great fun. You know I enjoy sewing, but this was very social, talking to other people from near and far. Lots of people beside me were making their mark:
So, I hear you ask – why is this the world’s longest piece of embroidery?
Well according to Mr X Stitch it is all due to the continuing line running through the whole piece:
Finally I’m going to leave you with a picture of the floor! It will give you an idea of just how long it is – over 600m and counting!