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Supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England


The Knutsford Tapestry
Gifts for Sale

The Friends of the Knutsford Tapestry have produced a selection of quality gifts based on The Tapestry. Many gifts can be made to order. If you would like a particular part of the Tapestry - maybe your house or school, featured on one of the Ceramic Tiles, Coasters or Bookmarks, then get in touch.

Knutsford Tapestry
£4 each

Knutsford Tapestry
£2.50 pack of 8
Notelets each £0.35p
Knutsford Tapestry
£2.25 each

Knutsford Tapestry
1000 Piece Jigsaw
"Canute Panel"
"Toft Panel"
"Tatton Panel"
£7.50 each or two for

Knutsford Tapestry
China Mugs
£6.99 each

Knutsford Tapestry
95p each

Large £6.95
Small £4.99


We also have:

  • Table Mats in 8 designs - £4.99 each.
  • Rulers - 6" with a tapestry picture of each local school
  • A Stitchers Book with every name of the stitchers £7.00
  • A Visitors Booklet at £3.50
  • Teatowels £4.99
  • Aprons

If you are interested in purchasing any of the Tapestry Gifts then please visit:

The Heritage Centre
90a King Street
Tel. 01565 650506 / 01565 651822

The Knutsford Tapestry
It was in 1997 that Knutsford's Millennium Tapestry was first conceived. The Town Council Millennium Sub-committee put forward the idea of a "Bayeux" style tapestry to record Knutsford at the turn of the century.

With sponsorship from the Town Council and the support of Macclesfield Borough Council, a successful application was made to the Arts Council of England for a grant under the Arts 4 Everyone Express Scheme and the Tapestry was officially launched in July 1997. The key to the grant was that the tapestry would involve the community. A local artist and embroiderer - Sue Newhouse - was asked to design it.

The task appeared relatively simple, a single panel 10ft x 2 ft, but as word spread so the tapestry grew. As many photographs of the shops and houses of Knutsford were taken, people from all over the town asked if their property would be featured on the canvas. The answer was always 'if you or a friend can stitch it - then yes please!' People who had never before held a needle developed their own style of interpreting buildings, gardens and cars. It has given many people the confidence to go one step further to design and create their own tapestries.

The canvas grew and became 5 panels. It was then decided that a Triptych would look better. The three panels became known as the 'Toft Panel' on the left, the 'Canute Panel' in the centre and the 'Tatton Panel' on the right. The tapestry depicts the Town of Knutsford at the turn of the century and shows the many different styles of architecture which make Knutsford the attractive town it is. Everyday life, from dog walking to Knutsford's Royal May Day, mothers out with their children, Egerton Football Team playing, children on skate boards, ducks on the Moor pond, workmen digging up the roads, a wedding at Tatton Hall and even a lovers tiff. Many more events can be seen scattered around the three panels.

All the buildings were photographed one by one, and were then drawn onto the canvas using a laundry or fabric pen, alterations - if needed - were painted out with tippex. The photograph, canvas, frame, a variety of wools and needles were then delivered to volunteers waiting to stitch. Usually two, sometimes three threads of different shades were used on the needle at a time. This blending of colours helped to produce lovely shades of brickwork and trees.
The canvas would be collected after stitchers had completed their piece and this was then painstakingly added to the main canvas by clouding trees either side and over the top of houses. When the pieces were assembled the joins were disguised by stitching a wall or path, you will notice that this change of colour helps to distract the eye.

The tapestry was first displayed at The Civic Centre, but as interest in it grew it became obvious that it needed a more carefully thought out home where it could be on view every day and have the correct conditions to preserve it for posterity. A room was offered which could easily be attached to the Heritage Centre and advice sought from the museum service as to the correct conditions which it should be kept in.

Sue Newhouse who masterminded this feat worked tirelessly and with enormous imagination, creativity and vision for the four years that it took to complete. She skilfully guided, taught and inspired the stitchers every inch of the way. Her talent in designing this masterpiece while involving 3,000 people is quite unique. She undertook the distribution and collection of materials and when pieces were completed she redistributed them for more stitching to be added.

Acclaimed "a masterpiece" by the North West Arts Board 11.04 01 and as "a magnificent achievement" by the Daily Mail 20.04.01 With coverage by BBC and Granada T.V. and Radio 4, GMR Radio and BBC Radio Stoke, the tapestry truly celebrates and commemorates the work of Knutsford people and that of a gifted artist and embroiderer.

Take a look at our Tapestry Photos
Viewing Times

The Tapestry can been seen at the Heritage Centre.

Enquiries:01565 633005

Heritage Centre & Tapestry
Opening Times

Summer Time (April-September):
Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm
Winter Time (October-March):
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm
Admission to the Centre is now FREE.


Tapestry Facts

    (14 holes to the inch and 196 stitches to the square inch)
  • NEEDLES 150
  • Every person's name, whether they have done 1000's or just one stitch, is recorded in the booklet on sale next year.


    Tapestry Facts

    The list of people below spent many hours stitching the main canvases and also sewing the boring bits i.e. joining the many pieces of canvas, filling in missed stitches etc. and towards the end keeping the canvases moving from house to house so that they were continually being worked on.

  • Mary Bealey
  • Audrey (Sally) Ellis
  • Dorothy Perry
  • Hillary Berkin
  • Jean Green
  • Jenny Saint
  • Celia Blake
  • Lois Ford
  • Cynthia Shipley
  • Liz Booker
  • Rosemary Hurrell
  • Jean Thomason
  • Eileen Burrell
  • Molly de Marco
  • Val Young
  • Julia Cowgill
  • Pat Moss
  • They were backed up by:

  • Lavinia Dobson
  • Liz Poole
  • Sylvia Thomas
  • Joan Gardiner
  • Jean Raynor
  • Stella Want
  • Dorothy Howorth
  • Irene Stevenson
  • Carol Gunter brought the canvas to life by embroidering all the people.

    Paddy Eustace collated, typed and kept the list of stitchers up to date.