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Hastings Embroidery

The Hastings Embroidery was commissioned by Group Captain Ralph Ward and made by the Royal School of Needlework in 1965 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

It consists of 27 panels, each 9 x 3 ft, and shows 81 great events in British history. It took 22 embroiderers 10 months to finish.

The Hastings Embroidery is worked in applique by hand, with the addition of couched threads and cords, tweed from Scotland, fabrics from the Victoria and Albert Museum, and feathers from London Zoo.

See also: Bayeux Tapestry