Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux Tapestry, circa 1070

Ever since learning about it in an art history survey class, the Bayeux Tapestry has been close to my heart. Not actually a tapestry, it is embroidered linen depicting scenes leading up to the Norman conquest of England–a stitched story, if you will. Hand-stitching can be an art, not only a craft to keep women’s hands busy.

Two of my stories in A Flower in the Heart of the Painting involve characters who stitch pictures. The title “On Eagle’s Wings” actually refers to the eagle cross-stitch the main character completes during the story. In the other story, “Craft Day,” a group of women work on their crafts together. The evolution of one woman’s free-stitching creates a very strange effect on another woman. Find out more about my book here.

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7 thoughts on “Bayeux Tapestry”

  1. I, too, learned about this tapestry while researching a paper in high school on William, Duke of Normandy, and his eventual conquest of England. Fascinating, horrible times! I went to France last year on vacation and regret that I didn’t have a chance to see this in person. This year, my family went there and visited, brought me back a bookmark or postcard. (Lovely, but NOT the same!!)

    Hand-woven textiles are becoming a lost art. One day, they will be all but myth.

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