I'm asked over and over again, "Why did you decide to re-create the Bayeux Tapestry."?
It's a valid question and one I don't have an answer for other than the fact that I felt compelled to do it.
On the 4th of July 2005, I happened to find myself in Denver, Colorado; I was attending a weaving conference with friends. I'm not a weaver at all, I know very little about the subject, but I was staying with a friend who was an avid weaver, and I happened along to the event with her simply because I was staying at her house.
After two days of lectures, I found I needed a little space and begged to go a buy coffee at Barns and Noble situated down the street from the event.
Pleased to be free, I began looking at the books, and I came upon a book that almost jumped into my hand, it was big and bold and begged me to pick it up and take it to my table along with my coffee. I have an embarrassing habit that my family are aware of, that of being able to distance myself in a busy room. I can take myself out the surrounding environment and become immersed in my personal moment. It's a method I devised as a small child when I found myself unhappy with my immediate situation. I just removed myself mentally and emotionally and transfered my thoughts to other things.
The book was The Bayeux Tapestry, the complete Tapestry in color with introduction, description and commentary by David M. Wilson
I had heard of the Bayeux Tapestry. After completing my 1776, Heartache, Heritage and Happiness quilt, a few people said it reminded them of the Bayeux Tapestry. So here it was in front of me, and I was happy to divert my attention away from weaving and learn something I was interested in.
Four hours later, I realised my friends would be looking for me; I had read the entire book. Indeed not word for word, but the pictures transferred me to another place that captured my spirit in a strange sort of way.
I was most embarrassed, and I knew I had a lot of explaining to do, the best way was to purchase the book and introduce the Bayeux Tapestry to my friends. One of the ladies was a little dismissive of my passion and was quite adept at eye rolling. I was most embarrassed, and I knew I had a lot of explaining to do, the best way was to redeem myself was to purchase the book and introduce the Bayeux Tapestry to my friends. One of the ladies was a little sarcastic and dismissed my idea with a flick of the wrist.
It was that evening that I decided to create a Bayeux quilt.