Wall-hanging celebrating the centenary of World War 1

Project: To design an illustrative wall-hanging to commemorate the soldiers from the village who died during WW1. The design includes the war memorial and important buildings in the village. From the beginning, the Church and memorial were to be the focus of the wall-hanging.


Outcome: Wall-hanging 1m x 0.5m. On permanent display in St James’ Church, Bishampton, Worcestershire. Techniques used: The main technique used was free-motion machine embroidery. Only the building walls were painted.

Working with Bishampton History Society was wonderful. It was fascinating to see the research the society had made about the contribution that the people from the village had made during the war.


For this project I chose to illustrate the houses in the village. The Church and war memorial are central to the design with the Church being the heart of the community. The poppies represent each person from the village who gave their life during the Great War. Only the buildings were painted with fabric paint; the rest of the design are layers of free-motion machine-embroidery. As you can imagine, I went through thousands of metres of thread when making the design. The buildings were made individually and then sewn onto the main wall hanging. Details of some of the buildings can be seen in the portfolio section.