St Mary's Priory Abergavenny: The Priory Centre

THE ABERGAVENNY TAPESTRY at the Tithe Barn, St Mary's Priory, Abergavenny

The magnificent Abergavenny Tapestry

The Abergavenny Tapestry was designed by Susie Martin and created by a group of over 60 local volunteers, as a way of celebrating the new millennium in 2000. From conception to completion the project lasted some six years, and the stitching alone took three years and ten months to complete – not surprising when you learn that the tapestry is 24 feet (8 metres) wide!

The stitching was carried out in the Lewis Chapel in St Mary’s Priory, with each section of the tapestry created on a separate frame, and more than 400 shades of wool were used to create the intricate designs. Visitors to the church were fascinated by the work, and the stitchers often found themselves explaining the proceedings to interested tourists!

The project was a learning curve for everyone involved. Many of those who worked on the project had had no prior experience of stitching, and they were able to learn new skills and make new friends in the process.

Some of the features of the tapestry, which was designed to celebrate 1,000 years of Abergavenny’s history, include:

To find out more about the Abergavenny Tapestry and how it was made, visit our exhibition on the first floor of the Tithe Barn, where you can see the tapestry on display and explore its features in more detail.

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