Plymstock Community Forum looking for embroiderers for Mayflower 400 tapestry

Oct 24, 2019

Do you have embroidery skills and some spare time to help bring an exciting community tapestry to life for Mayflower 400?

For the past year, The Plymstock Community Forum has been working with local artists, historians and embroiderers on The Plymstock Tapestry Project – a creative project to produce a large-scale community tapestry.

The tapestry is one of many exciting projects that will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s historic voyage in 1620 and has been funded by Mayflower Community Sparks - a partnership project between Mayflower 400, Plymouth Culture, Plymouth City Council, The Box, Plymouth and Vital Sparks with funding via Arts Council England.

Members of the local community have begun to create the hand sewn work which depicts Plymstock’s rich and colourful heritage through the ages from prehistoric times into the 21st century.

The design features prominent landmarks such as Mount Batten Tower in 1660, Hooe Manor in 1777 and Minses Farm, Elburton, in 1600, as well as historical and local figures including Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake and the Harris family.

In order to complete the tapestry, The Plymstock Community Forum is looking for more volunteers to help embroider the commissioned, original artwork which has now been placed onto fabric.

The project currently has about 20 volunteer embroiderers but needs around 40 volunteers with patchwork and stitching skills – particularly backstitch and blackwork.

Brian Steele, chairman of The Plymstock Community Forum, said: “We have now produced all the designs for the project and are seeking additional help from those with needle and thread skills to join us. Our plan is to get as many people as possible involved so that the work is shared as well as the success.”

When completed, the tapestry will measure more than 13ft long and will be displayed in Plymstock Library as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorative year and beyond.

Brian added: “Many people are unaware of the heritage that surrounds them, and it was thought that a tapestry would be a great method of telling the story of Plymstock. The concept of a tapestry was seen as being a piece of art which could be undertaken as a community project using local skills to achieve the objective.@

The Plymstock Community Forum will meet at Plymstock Library at 2pm on Monday, 4 November. Volunteers will be supplied with the necessary threads, colour chart and an embroiderer’s frame.

  • For more information on The Plymstock Tapestry Project and to volunteer as an embroiderer, contact Brian Steele on 01752 405132 or via email at
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