MSP sews first stitch on tapestry

Tricia Marwick MSP accompanied by Alexander McCall Smith
Tricia Marwick MSP accompanied by Alexander McCall Smith

The first stitch on what is believed to be the longest embroidered tapestry in the world was sewn at the Scottish Parliament by the Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland will illustrate the history of Scotland and will involve hundreds of volunteer stitchers. It is one of the biggest community arts projects in the world and Holyrood will exhibit the completed record-breaking 141 metre long embroidered tapestry in August 2013.

The brainchild of esteemed Scottish writer Alexander McCall Smith, artist Andrew Crummy and historical writer Alistair Moffat, the team has constructed a list of 150 key moments in Scotland’s history.

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP said: “I am honoured to have been asked to sew the first stitch in a tapestry that is destined to become part of our Scottish cultural heritage. It will be made all the more powerful by the hundreds of volunteer stitchers from communities across Scotland who will bring the tapestry to life.”

The Scottish Parliament will exhibit the tapestry.