Embroidery epic as woman spends eighty years sewing tapestry

April 11, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

A 102-year-old woman who started an embroidery when she was just 21 has finally finished it – 80 YEARS later.

Dedicated Jenny Pelmore started hand sewing the intricate tapestry in 1929 – and still has her original pencil sketch of the design.

She started the embroidery the year a general election ended in a Hung Parliament and the Wall Street Crash sparked a global financial crisis.

But after getting off to a flying start, Jenny lost interest and then only picked it up occasionally over the years.

For several years it was forgotten about in a drawer until she found it again and has now finally finished the piece – 81 YEARS after she started.

It took her eight times longer to complete her embroidery than it took to complete the world famous Bayeux Tapestry – which is 230ft long.

Jenny, a widow, of Feock, Cornwall, said: ”I started the embroidery in 1929 when I was 21. Now I’ve finished it off I’ve had it stretched and framed.

”I am delighted with it actually. I think I did a very good even if it did take a long time from start to finish.”

Retired nursery Jenny, a keen artist, drew the design herself and copied it onto material before embroidering onto the pattern.

It features a travelling circus including a Gypsy caravan and a big top tent set in a colourful park scene with trees and fields.

The piece will now to be hung at the Cornwall Crafts gallery in Helston, Cornwall.

Manager Rod Shaw-Sands said: ”I think it’s amazing that she’s finished it after all these years.”

Lynn Blake, who framed the picture for Jenny, said: ”It is a lovely story. We have a lot of customers who have history attached to pieces. We love the stories and hers was marvellous.”

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  1. Hey, it’s really good news finally she has finished the embroidery. Thanks for sharing this experience with us.

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