On Saturday I collected my panel for the Hastings 950th “Tapestry” celebrating the people of Hastings in 2016.

We have all heard of  The Bayeux Tapestry which tells the story, in pictures, of the events leading up to and including the Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066.

For the 950th Hastings Peoples Tapestry I have panel 13

For the 950th Hastings Peoples Tapestry I have panel 13

The new “tapestry” of 950 panels is commissioned to represent the people of Hastings. It is also part of Root 1066 Art Festival, that celebrates the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. When completed, the tapestry will be inaugurated in St Clement’s Church in Hastings Old Town. This is due to happen as part of Hastings Week in October 2016.

Hastings 950th People Tapestry fabric selection

Hastings 950th People Tapestry fabric selection

The price of the panel is £5 which covers the cost of a wide selection of fabrics and trimmings.

I decided that I would like to knit my character. So just purchased the panel alone. The brief is to create a representation of yourself on the panel.

Hastings 950th Tapestry instructions

Hastings 950th Tapestry instructions

I think I will go for a full length depiction of myself. Using the intarsia method I used for the figures in my toy theatre. I won’t knit a cut-out version as I did for the Carmen and Don Jose; but a panel as this take a long time and is not required. I need to remember to include my panel number.

Knitted sketch of Carmen based on Leontyne Price

Knitted sketch of Carmen based on Leontyne Price

Each panel is 6″ x  8″ (15cm x20cm) in size. For a good portrait it’s important to think about what is distinctive about a person. For me I think it is my hair, blue DM shoes and I love knitting.

On display to encourage us was panel number one by Keith Leech who dresses up as the Green Man for Hastings May Day ‘Jack in the Green‘ parade.
I think this captures Keith very well. For more details about the project check out the Hastings 950 ‘Tapestry’ Facebook page.

Panel Number One by Keith Leech 'The Green Man'

Panel Number One by Keith Leech ‘The Green Man’

I will update you on my progress of designing and knitting my panel.