3 February 2006

The Girona Creation Tapestry

The Girona Creation Tapestry is a 12th C wall hanging of immense proportions. The embroidery is worked in wool and linen on wool twill ground fabric. The remaining pieces measure 3.65m x 4.7m (12ft x 17ft 2 inches). It was produced in the early 12th Century (approx. 1100 CE) and was most likely produced in the local area of where it currently resides, in the Catherdral of Girona in Catalonia in Spain.

The images on the work record the Creation myths of the Bible and include other images relating to the natural world as well as historical references and images of the months of the year (with activities associated with those months also depicted).

I am posting this because I don't have any update pictures of my stuff and because an upcoming competition for WCOB is Klosterstitch also known as Bokhara or Romanian couching or self-couching. While this stitch is mostly associated with works produced in German lands, it was widely used in other areas, including in the creaton of the Girona Tapestry. I am thinking of doing an entry based on the Girona work. I have a huge bag of Appletons that I got of ebay. The colours in this bag suit the colours in this piece rather than the primary colours associated with the German klosterstitch hangings.