Pattern Occurring 101 - Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry, I'm sure this is one of those random things i learned about when growing up in Northamptonshire, England. Along with conkers and pancake races,  If i ever bring such things up in conversation, i am faced with blank stares. So today in Pattern Occurring 101 i'm gonna give you the low down on the Bayeux Tapestry. Learning about the Bayeux Tapestry and the silk trade was the the beginning of my life long love of textiles. I really believe that textiles often tell the true stories of people and their lives, like the way a garment retains some of the wearers personality. Textiles are really prized and valued in the UK.  So much so, that it was part of our curriculum at school.

The Bayeux Tapestry is a 70 meter embroidered cloth, not actually a tapestry at all. It documents the historical Norman invasion, that culminated in the Battle of Hastings 1066BC. It was made in England around 1070 BC from linen and dyed woolen yarns and now is exhibited in Bayeux Normandy France.  This is totally on my bucket list.

It is incredible that this exquisite artifact has survived to this day and it still captivates me as much as it did when i was seven.  I still have the images of Halley's comet and the death of King Harold burnt into my memory, got to love storytelling textiles!

 

Halley's Comet

Halley's Comet

King Harold's defeat at the battle of Hastings 1066BC

King Harold's defeat at the battle of Hastings 1066BC