Almost everyone, I'm sure, will recognise this portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, although she may look slightly different than you remember.
The Scunthorpe & District Branch of The Embroiderers' Guild undertook this group project in 2004. The project idea was conceived by Penny Hill & Dorothy Theaker and put into practice spectacularly by all the members.
The image started out postcard sized and was chosen as a colourful and interesting challenge for the stitchers.
At this stage, although the concept was fairly simple, no-one had any idea how the project would progress.
The image was increased in size and then divided into 54 equal squares. Each square accompanied a plain piece of calico and very clear instructions to remain true to each individual piece. Each member took a square away to work, the only guidelines being, that the part of the design depicted was adhered to faithfully, although any fabric, thread and technique could be used. For a couple of months everyone beavered away, enjoying the challenge and chatting about the possible outcome of the finished project. Bit by bit as the finished squares were collected up, it became clear that this project was going to far exceed the members' expectations. Each individual square was a work of art in itself. The range of techniques and materials used was amazing and as the rows were stitched together, there were many ooh's and aah's.
Even at this late stage, it was difficult to imagine just how wonderfully this project was going to turn out. When 'Elizabeth' was complete and framed, it was clear what a fantastic idea this had been.
'Elizabeth' was exhibited at many public shows and was subsequently donated to the Lindsey Lodge Hospice where she is now on permanent display