Embroiderers from across Scotland re-build The National Wallace Monument

14th Jun 2018
The National Wallace Monument created by members of the Scottish Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild

In September 2017 embroiderers from across Scotland were invited to take part in a collaborative artwork depicting The National Wallace Monument.

Participants, who are all members of the Embroiderers’ Guild, had just over three months to design and produce the 105 individual sections which make up the 1.8m finished wall hanging.  Each individual ‘brick’ is unique and together they showcase an array of techniques including hand-stitching, machine work, applique, stumpwork (3D) and patchwork.

The finished article was originally unveiled to members as part of the Scottish Embroiderers’ Regional Day at Stirling’s Albert Halls on Saturday 21st April 2018 and it has been on display at a local art exhibition.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the artwork, Jane Currie, Vice Chair of the Scottish Region of the Embroiderer’s Guild, explained: “As this year’s theme is ‘Art and Architecture’, we chose to depict The National Wallace Monument because of its architectural creativeness and its significance in Stirling.  Twenty-three regions around Scotland took part in creating the piece and the variety of techniques used has made for a fantastic looking final piece.”

After being specially framed, the wall hanging now has a new home in the Keeper’s Lodge, a resting area on the ground floor of The National Wallace Monument which was originally the living quarters of the Monument’s caretaker. The embroidery is a stunning addition to the Keeper’s Lodge, which is free to visit and open during the Monument’s regular opening times.

The Embroiderers’ Guild is a national charity aimed at textile education and protection of its collection of historic stitched art.  For more information on their work visit www.embroiderersguild.com.

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