The stitchers are at the very heart of the Tapestry’s story. Great Tapestry of Scotland stitcher coordinator Dorie Wilke was the third member of the core team. She took on the enormous job of recruiting and organising one thousand stitchers – making the tapestry one of the world’s largest community arts projects. She also oversaw the process of carefully tracing Andrew Crummy’s designs onto linen, sourcing yarn and preparing stitching packs to post out to stitchers all across the country.
Reaching communities the length and breadth of Scotland, the making of The Great Tapestry of Scotland created a feeling of national pride.
For many it also became a personal journey. Strangers became friends for life. People reconnected with friends not seen for decades. Panels were transferred between stitchers through snowstorms and over rough seas. Other panels travelled around the world as dedicated stitchers took them on holiday. Some stitchers even met with and became friends with the living ancestors of individuals whose stories are told in the 160 panels.
There are hundreds of stories behind the creation of the Great Tapestry of Scotland – many of which you will discover at our compelling new national visitor attraction in Galashiels heartland of the Scottish Borders.