The Great Tapestry of Scotland


Launched at The Scottish Parliament 3rd September 2013


143 metres long and 1 metre high.

163 panels

Involved over 1000 stitchers.


It tells the story of Scotland from its formation millions of years ago to the opening of present day.


As the designer of The Great Tapestry of Scotland I drew out every one of the 164 panels, which measures 1 metre high and 142 metres long. The Tapestry is a timeline starting with the formation of the rocks that would become Scotland to the present day. It was designed in a way, that although it is stitched in many communities, when it is brought together, it should become one artwork. The grid that underpins the design means that it is split into 10cm squares within the 1m square design. It involved over 1000 stitchers. The chief stitcher was Dorie Wilkie. The idea came from Alexander McCall Smith and storyline devised by Alistair Moffat.


Since its launch just under 400,000 visitors have visited exhibitions at Scottish Parliament 2013; Cockenzie House; Aberdeen Art Gallery; Anchor Mill, Paisley, Scottish Parliament (return) 2014; New Lanark Heritage Centre; Great Hall, Stirling Castle; Ayr, Town hall; Kirkcaldy Art Galleries; Museum nan Eilean (Sgoil Lionacleit), Benbecula, Outer Hebrides ; Inverness Museum and Art Gallery; Verdant Works, Dundee.

BBC Radio Four Front Row review


Tapestry design and drawing copyright © Andrew Crummy


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