The Great Tapestry of Scotland is very nearly finished! We are just filling in our individual boxes around the outside. If you have missed any of my regular updates on this amazing project you can read more here and here and also here.
I have just completed my last turn and stitched my last stitch. But more on that in a bit. Let's have a look at some panel close-ups first.
You can also see a bit of a close up of the polar bear here too. After A LOT of debate we decided to keep him very sparse and simple with large seed stitches in white. The idea is that he is a bit of a 'ghost bear'. This period depicts us coming out of the ice age, so the polar bear (who could even be described as having his back to us) is receding towards the arctic and becoming ever more ghostly and indistinct as he goes. At least that's our story and we're sticking to it!
And now I am very relieved, not only because I think he is ok, but mainly because he is finished!
The panel will now travel to the other members so that everyone can fill in their boxes and do a few last minutes finishes. The deadline for handing the panels in is June 23rd and we are planning on taking every last minute and handing it in on that day. We will all get a last minute chance to see the panel when it is totally completed and take photos. I will share these with you after that, and then the next time I will see this is when it is mounted and exhibited with all the other panels at the Scottish Parliament in September!
Meanwhile I would like to leave you with this video of a short film about the panel made by some journalism students at Napier University. You might just recognise one of the interviewees!