And the prize for best completion of an unfinished work…

People working on the tapestry (Image from the BBC News)

This is my idea of a library program. These stitchers from the Alderney Tapestry Project have just completed a new final piece for the Bayeaux Tapestry. The work was done in the Alderney Library, and Librarian Kate Russell was among those working on the tapestry.

Some scholars believe the Bayeaux Tapestry, which depicts the Norman conquest of England, originally included – or was intended to include – a final panel showing the coronation of William the Conqueror. The Alderney Tapestry Project, working faithfully in the style of the original, has now provided that scene. Bayeaux Tapestry: The Islanders Who Finished the Final Scenes, by Ben Chapple of BBC News, details some of the important decisions the embroiderers had to make. Yes, embroiderers, because the Bayeaux Tapestry is not actually a tapestry at all.