Another very large embroidery

Another very large embroidery

It is not the largest embroidery in the world but it is large. The sampler that the Emboiderers guild organized beats all records as they the worlds longest embroidery at 605.55 meters or 1,986.77 feet. However this looks to have been an interesting project and I must admit I am very worried about that bottle of glue.

The description on You Tube reads:
“Alexandra Drenth and Ellen van Putten, Dutch artists, are making “the largest embroidery” for a big art-event in Woerden, the Netherlands. This work should be an homage to all grandmothers, mothers and daughters of the whole world spending their time as “Quality Time”. This art-event is called Woerdstock and will take place from 27th June until 7th July 2007.
“The largest embroidery” contains embroideries from the beginning of the 20th Century up till now and these works has been made by a lot of people all over the Netherlands. We were receiving embroidery by post and found lots and lots of works at the front door. The press has paid many attention to this project which we called “Experience Quality Time”.”

The associated web site is here


  1. Hmmm, I’m not sure that they get to treat it however they want just because it is their project. Surely, they have a responsibility to treat donated items with a modicum of respect. Dragging them in the sand and wrapping them around the cat is disrespectful to the ‘quality time’ that this is supposedly celebrating (in my opinion).


  2. Sharon, the first article about the UK E.G. piece was interesting, to me that qualifies as a “real” embroidery. The Dutch textile is more an “embroidery collage” where people donated their heirloom embroideries (!!) as well as stitched new pieces to be stitched and glued (!!) to a backing cloth. The artists treated the textiles as just another medium to be manipulated by them, rightly or wrongly, draped around their bodies and dragged through the sand for a good photo. While I’m sure they horrified some of the contributors, I guess it was their project. The finished work didn’t really appeal to me, whereas the EG one was quite lovely. You could definitely see the difference between the handling and display by the stitching practitioners and the artists. I think that’s why things like wearable art are so popular, the best of both worlds.
    Thanks for sharing, as always, some interesting articles.
    Christine in hot and sunny Sydney (again)

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