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Embroidered map shows off Bristol's Ashton Gatehouse

Embroidered map as a whole
Image caption The embroidered map is 90cm by 145cm and took volunteers 600 hours to make

The woman behind the creation of a giant woollen model of Bristol has recreated an historic city gatehouse on an embroidered map.

When asked to design a community project to promote the restoration of the Ashton Gatehouse, Vicky Harrison was puzzled not to find it on a map.

Together with a team of volunteers aged 15 to 70 she set about changing that.

The embroidered map, that took 600 hours to complete, will be on display at the gatehouse from Wednesday.

Image copyright Vicky Harrison
Image caption Volunteer Johanna Ziegler embroidered Ashton Gatehouse, in Bristol, which was built in 1805 and has just been restored

The original entrance to the Ashton Court Estate is being renovated with the help of a £550,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Image copyright Vicky Harrison
Image caption Vicky Harrison embroidered Bristol's mythical crocodile, after a "sighting" was reported three years ago - she said it was a "nod back to her Briswool project"

Artist Ms Harrison said: "After searching for it online, I quickly realised that it was not on Google maps and so the idea to put it back on the map was born.

"The map takes in the local sights of Long Ashton, Bower Ashton, Ashton Vale, Southville and Bedminster.

"There will be a nod to the key roads but scattered all over it are landmarks and points of interest such as peregrine falcons in the gorge, deer in the park and hot air balloons floating above Ashton Court."

Image copyright Vicky Harrison
Image caption The youngest volunteer, 15-year-old Tilly Marston, embroidered one of Bristol's many urban foxes

Hundreds of stitches were used, including cretan stitch, woven wheel stitch, zigzag chain stitch and Roumanian couching.

Image copyright Vicky Harrison
Image caption Illustrator June Goulding chose to embroider Ashton Court's miniature railway
Image copyright Vicky Harrison
Image caption The Angel in Long Ashton was made using long and short stitch by volunteer Mo Timmins who used to work at the pub years ago
Image copyright Vicky Harrison
Image caption Volunteer Pat Hooper said she had always wanted to embroider allotments and was "very excited to hear about the map"
Image caption Last year Vicky Harrison created the exhibition known as "Briswool" which took more than 250 volunteers three years to knit and crochet

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