Tapestry unveiled at Scottish Parliament

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The artwork at the heart of Scotland’s largest ever community arts project was unveiled on Tuesday at the Scottish Parliament.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is a stunning, 143 metre embroidered tapestry depicting the entire history of Scotland. Borders stitchers played a vital role in its production.

Many became keen historians, discovering and incorporating countless details and personal touches to embellish their panels. One group worked tirelessly to create a panel entitled The Border Reivers, while others stitched The Great Border Abbeys.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is on view to the public at the Scottish Parliament, free of charge, Monday-Saturday, until September 21. Plans are also under way to tour the artwork and find it a permanent home. Birlinn have also published an illustrated book on the project.