Date(s) - July 13, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Online Presentation via Webinar
About this event
Join us to learn about the creation of the Bayeux Tapestry!
Dr. Alexandra Makin is a textile archaeologist specializing in early medieval embroidery and a professional embroiderer, having trained on the Royal School of Needlework’s three-year apprenticeship. At present she is a Post-Doctorial Researcher on the Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard project. An AHRC funded project jointly run by the University of Glasgow and the National Museum of Scotland. Alexandra has appeared on television and radio programmes and also teaches and consults for a number if institutions including the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.
Alexandra has published her research in her book, The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World: the sacred and secular power of embroidery, edited chapters and journal articles. She runs and hosts the ‘Early Medieval (mostly) Textiles’ blog and YouTube channel, ‘Early Medieval Embroidery’. Alexandra is also establishing an embroidery business, which sells / will sell kits based on early medieval embroidery. These contain authentic materials including handwoven fabric, naturally dyed threads and handmade needles.
This presentation will take us into the world of the Bayeux Tapestry, but with a twist. We will focus on the reverse of this famous hanging, exploring what it tells us about how it was made. By analyzing the order of work and how threads were used, we will learn about the creation, and thought processes of the embroiderers. We will also explore how the workers were organized as stitchers, and what this tells us about the production of embroidery in 11th-century England.
Join us as we delve into little seen photographs of the reverse of the Tapestry and learn about the people who made it!
This event is $10. Please click HERE to register.