I knew that Needlework would be my topic the moment the task was announced. I divided my sheet into 4 rectangles- and on one of them I recreated a section of the Bayeux Tapestry. I found an old piece of sheeting, and drew out the picture from the front of my Dad's copy of Churchill's book.
This was the famous 'one in the eye for Harold' part! Back in the 1960s, we couldn't just click on the internet and instantly find information. If I couldn't find what I needed on the bookshelf at home, it meant a trip to the town library on my bicycle after school.
But I discovered that William's brother, Bishop Odo commissioned the tapestry and it was probably designed by a Norman but stitched by Englishwomen [it's an embroidery not a tapestry, which you knew already] There are depictions of 600 men, 200 horses, 50 dogs... and just three women upon its 70 metre length. Bob got to see it [on a school trip] when it was brought to England in 1966.
William Morris helped fund a project to make "England's Bayeux" - a replica now on display in Reading Museum, and three years ago, a man in Norfolk [where else?] carved a half sized wooden replica after the death of his son.
I should love to see the original in Bayeux sometime - the intricacy of the stitching, the detailed work, it all fascinates me.
But, what a delight - last week friends lent me a French jigsaw puzzle of the BT! It shows the part where William is sailing across in his ships to England. If you watch this BBC video clip, with Clive Anderson, it comes in after about 21 seconds!
Inside the box, I found a bag containing all the edge pieces neatly sorted, and a photo of the completed jigsaw.
This was extremely useful, because if you look closely at the finished puzzle and at the box, you will see another boat with 5 soldiers on the right, and at the bottom, the birds feet and another fabulous creature. French people clearly don't expect to get the whole picture.
Another interesting thing was the different shaped puzzle pieces.
In all the British puzzles I have done recently, there is always a point where the corners of 4 pieces come together. On this French one, there isn't the same matching up of corners - which adds an extra challenge to the completion.
I had loads of fun with this one, especially marvelling at the stitchwork - showing the expressions on men's faces, and the lovely waves on the water, splashing up onto the sides of the boats.
That's 3 jigsaws completed recently - Ambridge, The London Underground and now this one
Once I have completed them, I have no desire to keep them or do them again. What sort of picture should I go for next....