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Royal embroider commissioned to design and embroider the Magna Carta for its 800th anniversary
Rhoda Nevins, a member of the Royal School of Needlework has been commissioned to embroider a ten panel tapestry to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.
By: Soft Impressions
Rhoda, who trained at the Royal School of Needlework has designed the panels for the British equivalent of the Bayeaux tapestry, commemorating one of the most important events in British history. Rhoda and her team are working around the clock to make sure the panels are ready in time.
The first 5 panels will be finished by Easter this year and will initially go on display in Bury St Edmunds, one of the 5 charter towns and then the panels will be taken around the country to various events taking leading up to the main event that takes place in June 2015.
Rhoda has designed the ten panels to depict the spread of law and order throughout England and the rest of the world from 1215 to the present day. Each Magna Carta Trust town will have its own panel, these include Bury St Edmunds, St Albans, Runnymede, the City of London and Canterbury and there will be an additional panel comprising all the shields of the 25 barons who were present at the sealing.
The other panels will depict the Commonwealth and British Empire countries including the USA, Australia and New Zealand, India, Canada and the continent of Africa. Each international panel features significant moments in those countries’ histories including its parliament buildings, with Mahatma Ghandi, George Washington and Nelson Mandela among those featured.
Events to celebrate the sealing of the Magna Carta will be held throughout the world this year and next with the US particularly involved in celebrations both here and in the US.
The past few years have been busy for Rhoda, she has completed a magnificent piece depicting the skyline of the town of Guildford which was presented to the Town memory of her late husband, a former mayor of Guildford. She also helped to embroidered one of the official Olympic quilts which were gifted to each country competing in the 2012 games. She has also recently been presented to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on a visit to Southwark Cathedral as part of the team that embroidered Jubilee vestments for the Bishop of Southwark and his Area Bishops. Rhoda will also feature in an upcoming episode of Channel 4’s “Selling Houses With Amanda Lamb”.
The Magna Carta Tapestry was commissioned by Runnymede council where the Magna Carta was sealed by King John. The 10 panels of the tapestry commemorate the birth of British democracy and the foundation of our legal system, a model which has been copied throughout the world.
“I have been very fortunate to work on some extremely prestigious projects in recent years and it is such an honour to have been asked to create this piece to celebrate this historic event. We are working round the clock to get the first five panels finished for Easter and are excited at how they are coming together”, says Rhoda.
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Notes to Editors
Pictured above, initial design for one of the panels and close up detail. For more pictures please go to dropbox link which includes pictures of Rhoda, the Guildford embroidery. There are more pictures being added all the time.