“The Bayeux Tapestry: The Story-Telling Textile of the Norman Conquest”
July 15, 2014—Internationally-known quilter, teacher, and author Pam Holland of Australia will give a special free lecture from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, about her incredible recreation of an historically important work, “The Bayeux Tapestry: The Story-Telling Textile of the Norman Conquest.”
The lecture and PowerPoint presentation will take place at the Texas Quilt Museum, 140 West Colorado, La Grange, Texas.
The Bayeux Tapestry recounts the story of the Battle of Hastings, which led to the conquest of England by the Normans in 1066. Nearly 50 scenes are depicted in needle and thread of events in the battle, often considered one of the most important in the history of civilization.
A panel portion from Holland’s reproduction of The Bayeaux Tapestry.
The embroidered textile is a massive 230 feet long and captures imagery from the battle that told its story visually, important in an age when most people could not read or write. Holland has nearly completed a full-scale quilted replica of The Bayeux Tapestry.
As a result of researching and creating her work, she is now considered one of the leading experts on the original Tapestry, which is on display in Bayeux, Normandy, France. The work is also an important piece not only in history generally, but in the history of the needle arts.
The textile was the only readily available record depicting the critically important battle that led to the writing of the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta, or “Great Charter,” is the first document to establish the rights of people to be governed by law rather than be subject to the whim of kings or lords.
Holland is well known for her other recreations of historic textiles, including 1776: Heartache, Heritage, and Happiness, whose original dealt with not the American Revolution, but an invasion of Bohemia by Prussian soldiers.
The original was made by Sorbian soldiers from material taken from their own uniforms. Holland’s recreation won all major U.S. quilt show top awards when it was completed.
The Texas Quilt Museum is located at 140 W. Colorado St., La Grange, Texas 78945. It opened in 2011 and is housed in two 19th-century buildings in the Historic District of La Grange. Its restoration has won both Preservation Texas and Main Street awards. The Museum complex also includes a period Texas garden with a monumental 13’ x 85’ outdoor mural, Quilts: History in the Making, as its focal point.
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