44. We will remember them

44. We will remember them

Riverhouse Arts Centre, as it was in 1918, with a message of thanks to the soldier of NZ who fought in WWI, for the nurses and doctors who tended them and the people of Walton who took them to their hearts and welcomed them into their home.

The idea was that all the stitchers who worked on the panels would have their initials in this panel, but as we had over 500 stitchers including the community panel stitchers, this was deemed impossible. The words ‘Keeping the Stories alive’ are a heartfelt message from the team, who have been moved and humbled by the stories depicted in the tapestry.

Stitchers: Stitched up Group. The group was joined by Emily Boulting and Juliet Boulting

‘Stitched Up’ worked this panel and it was the most challenging of the ones we did, with all the tiles, brickwork and timber. The leaves were lovely to do, but had to be kept fairly plain as writing had to be embroidered over the top freehand.

Lesley Tilling: This panel was quite a challenge as there is a lot of brown and grey in it, and we were not able to order more wool at this stage, so we mixed the greys and the browns we already had in the tiles and the planks to make the panel look interesting. We also had the challenge of colouring many leaves which were later to be filled with wording. This panel was completed quite quickly by Linda, Michelle and Val, with my contribution the smallest. I used satin stitch and stem stitch in this panel.

Michele Barnes: This was my third and final panel as it brought the project up to the present time. I found this a difficult and repetitive panel to stitch because it contained so many small roof tiles and bricks, in addition, it includes a large surrounding border of green leaves. Trying to find a different combination of stitches to add interest and texture was also a challenge. However, this was an important panel about a historic building. Therefore, it was important to do it justice. This said, it was a privilege and apposite panel on which to complete my work on the project.

Emily Boulting: I was very happy to be able to put a few stitches in, but had to hand over to my Mum, because she is a ‘proper stitcher’, and had been responsible for introducing me to the idea of doing tapestry in the first place.

Juliet Boulting: Having admired the Prestonpans and Great Scottish Tapestries and heard Andrew Crummy speaking in our Village Hall I was thrilled when Anzac Day in 2015 found me lending support at the launch of The Mount Felix Tapestry. Forward a year to the Halfway Exhibition and, as well as learning how to laminate display cards, I fulfilled my longing to get stitching when Mary Pink allowed me to stemstitch part of an outline on the panel she was working. Later I graduated to a whole leaf on this panel and I am extremely proud of my small contribution.

Sponsor: Riverhouse Barn