Usk Tapestry project taking shape
1:31pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Gwent news
Usk tapestry committee members at work Secretary Judith Choppen (right) and Treasurer Becky Paget (left) (933096)
A PROJECT to complete a tapestry that captures the beauty of Usk is taking shape.
The Usk Tapestry was the vision of the late Margaret Turner, a talented needle-crafter who sadly died before the design, by Llangybi artist Susie Martin, was unveiled.
Her wish was that the Tapestry would express some of the beauty and natural riches of Usk and its surrounding countryside, and the sense of peace she experienced there.
For the last four years or more, volunteers, led by the Usk Tapestry Committee, have been using their needlework skills to complete the vibrant work, which features the town’s river, Usk Castle and a variety of wildlife and floral detail.
The unique community project is open to anyone and was previously housed at Usk Garden Centre until it moved to an empty shop on Bridge Street, Usk.
Judith Choppen, committee secretary said: “There are currently 16 volunteers working on the tapestry under the direction of designer, Susie Martin who also design the Abergavenny Tapestry and Sarah Windrum, who is the tapestry maker & stitching supervisor.”
It measures nine foot six by six foot (about the size of a double duvet) and is made using simple techniques. Mrs Choppen said the skills and challenges lie in learning how to interpret the painted design onto the canvas using the vibrant wool mixtures that make the project exciting and different.
She added: “We anticipate the work being finished by Summer 2014 if not before. As a local Usk project, we are working with local people to identify the best location to hang it where it will be seen by as many as possible. “
Anyone is welcome to get involved. No experience is needed and tuition is given.
For information contact Mrs Choppen on 0633 450321 or email email@example.com
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