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A stitch in time
Detail from the Leeds Millennium tapestry
Detail from the Leeds Millennium tapestry
The Leeds Tapestry is a magnificent collaged embroidery of 16 panels which tells the story of one city’s life through the artistic work of its people.

Leeds Tapestry

Royal Armouries
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The Patrons of the tapestry are the Countess of Harewood, Kay Mellor and Diana Rigg.

Over 2,000 people have had a hand in producing the tapestry.

All of the panels seen together add up to a display around 60 feet long.
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See pictures of the Leeds Millennium Tapestry

Ten years ago Kate Russell had the original idea for the tapestry. The project faced many difficulties but all the fundraising and hard work paid off and the giant tapestry was finally completed in 2002.

Kate Russell says: "I often had doubts that we would ever finish but we did. For me the important thing is not just the final tapestry but the process of making it.

"The project was a training school for the volunteers and many have put themselves in the finished work. Nearly all the people featured in the tapestry are local people.

The panels are:

Civic Pride
Local Faces
Environment City
Leeds in Bloom
Community Spirit
Sporting Life
Lifelong Learning
A Picture of Health
Pins and Needles
One the Move
Faith in the City
City Centre
Money Works
Pro Rege et Lege

"This is a piece of work that will last a long time."

Over 2,000 people had a hand in producing the tapestry celebrating Leeds, its people and its history. Millions of tiny stitches were needed to produce the panels adding up to a display around 60 feet long.

The panels can be admired from afar as a single piece of work or inspected closely for the many details of Leeds' life.

See pictures of the Leeds Millennium Tapestry

If you would like to see the complete tapestry, it will be hung in the Royal Armouries until September 2004.

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