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The Overlord Tapestry

Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, this appliquéd and embroidered piece recognising the World War Two operation, is a true feat of artistry and needlework.

The idea came from the Bayeux Tapestry (which, incidentally, you can see a copy of in Reading) and was commissioned in 1968 by the 2nd Lord Dulverton. Artist Sandra Lawrence drew and painted cartoons for the completed piece and twenty five needlewomen from London's Royal School of Needlework stitched for four years to create the 272 foot work. The original paintings now hang in the Pentagon and the textile is in Portsmouth where it can be easily visited.