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Plymouth TapestryBe Part of Stitching an Epic History!

 

 

 

 

Pilgrim Hall Museum announces the Plymouth Tapestry, a participatory multiyear arts project to commemorate Plymouth’s 400th anniversary in 2020. The Tapestry will tell the story of early Plymouth in a heroically-scaled needlework piece, to be stitched on by hand by participating volunteers from across the region, the country, and the world.

Elizabeth A visual exploration of history, memory, and culture, the Plymouth Tapestry illustrates the experiences of the Wampanoag people who inhabited the region for thousands of years, and the Pilgrims, the English settlers who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 to establish a new home. The multimedia-thread-on-linen embroidery will be comprised of twenty 6-foot-long panels. Through imagery and text, each panel reveals contexts and events that shaped the founding of Plymouth Colony.

I nspired by the famous Bayeux Tapestry, Denise DeMore, Mayflower Needlework Guild President and Museum Trustee, came up with the idea of a historical embroidery as an impactful way to engage Plymouth’s 400th anniversary commemoration. Pilgrim Hall Museum owns and displays the oldest known example of American needlework, the 17th-century girlhood sampler of Loara Standish of Plymouth. Renowned needlework expert Elizabeth Creeden of Wellingsley Studio, Plymouth, was enlisted as the project artist.

Through an intensive process of research and consultation, Creeden develops each panel design and draws the scene by hand. Guided by her extensive knowledge of historical needlework, she works closely on content design with Museum staff and a range of specialists, including Plymouth historian Jim Baker and Aquinnah Wampanoag educator Linda Coombs. When completed, the 120-ft. long Tapestry will present a multi-cultural view of Plymouth Colony’s beginnings, with some panels centered on Native life and others on the Pilgrim story, all to be stitched by hand.

Pilgrim Tapestry Panel

 

Little Girl Sewing

 

 

The Plymouth Tapestry will be created live at Pilgrim Hall Museum beginning in November 2018, and exhibited in its entirety on selected dates in 2020-21. Members of the public are encouraged to take part in creating this one-of-a-kind artwork. For more information on Tapestry stitching days, embroidery workshops, and donation and volunteer opportunities, please email donna.curtin@pilgrimhall.org.

 

 

Plymouth Tapestry Kit Coming soon! Plymouth Tapestry Kits

Practice your stitches with our Wampanoag Wayfinder or Pilgrim Compass Rose kits, based on decorative elements in the Plymouth Tapestry. Kits are $35 each plus tax, and include linen, threads, needles, and stitching instructions; additional materials for finishing options may be required. Kits will be available November 2018. To pre-order a kit, contact shop@pilgrimhall.org.

 

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The Plymouth Tapestry is made possible by the generous support of:

Denise DeMore & Peter Keohan

The Mayflower Sampler Guild

Additional support provided by:
Trustworth Studios, David E. Berman
Wellingsley Studio

 

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Updated October 11, 2018

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