As you know, I fell in love with Bayeux. If I had unlimited money I would buy a little house in the countryside and go there for every holiday. The town is not too big and not too small…it’s just right. The Tapestry is a big draw for me – imagine being able to study it whenever you wanted to without having to travel? Wow!
In Bayeux, of course, there is also a shop where one can purchase ready to stitch replica kits of the Bayeux Tapestry only a few meters away from the Cathedral. We stopped in early on the last morning we were in France so I could pick up
some really lovely linen the owner, Chantel James , had brought in for me.
There are a lot of samples she has worked on the wall of her shop, all of which come from the Tapestry. Sometimes she has used a scene, as I am doing on my project, and sometimes she has enlarged a single motif from the Tapestry. You can see in the photo below the same trees that the town of Bayeux has used for the brass plaques that appear all over town.
Madame James hand draws every design on the linen for each kit. In addition to the standard kits that are available on her web site, you can special order a kit with as much of the Tapestry drawn on as you’d like. The one she is holding below she had just finished and, as you can see, it is very large.
Each kit comes with finely woven linen, all the thread you will need and complete instructions. Keep your eye open for an article soon about the linen she uses on The Unbroken Thread.
She also sells kits that use the Bayeux stitch but are of completely different, more contemporary design. Many of the designs are drawn from nature and reminded me of the beautiful countryside in the region.
She always has a piece of the tapestry being stitched in the shop so, if you don’t know how to do the Bayeux stitch, you can learn how to do the stitch and have a go yourself.
Her web site, which you can find here, is in both French and English. You can also purchase linen and wool from her. She ships worldwide, so if you have a longing to stitch part of the Bayeux Tapestry but don’t want to copy your own design onto the fabric, gather all the threads and work out how to stitch, then her kits are the answer!