Sunday, 10 November 2013

The Derry Weave Tapestries are handed over

The Derry Weave was always a project with community at its heart.  The St Augustine's community worked so hard during the three weeks of the project, welcoming visitors, making hundreds of scones, serving in the pop up cafe and working hard on the looms.  The community of 8,000 visitors came from far and wide to take part and weave in their thread.  With typical community spirit right from the outset it was the intention that six of the tapestries would be donated to communities across the city.

At the end of St Augustine's annual sale on 9th November the completed tapestries were handed over:

The Peace Bridge Tapestry gifted to the people of Derry to hang in the Guildhall.
The Long Tower Tapestry gifted to Aras Colmcille to hang in the new Colmcille interpretation centre.
The Promise Chalice Tapestry gifted to St Columb's Cathedral to hang in the Cathedral.
The Ferryquay Gate tapestry gifted to The Apprentice Boys to hang in their new visitor centre.
The First Derry Presbyterian Tapestry gifted to First Derry Presbyterian Church
The Derry Walls Tapestry gifted to The Honourable the Irish Society.

But St Augustine's Derry Weave is not finished yet!  Look out for The Derry Weave book with pictures of all tapestries and designs collated together along with recipes for the fabulous soups served at The Big Eats pop-up cafe.  Available from St Augustine's in time for Christmas!

In 2014 the legacy continues - a trail leaflet will be produced to guide you to all seven tapestries proudly displayed in their new homes.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Last few days of Tapestry Showcase

The display of all seven Derry Weave tapestries will close on Saturday 17th. August. Still a few days left to catch the complete body of work before it is divided up and gifted to communities across Derry. Over 400 images of the project to enjoy and nearly a thousand messages captured in the boat installation. Don't miss it!
The Playhouse 5-7 Artillery Street Derry/Londonderry BT48 6RG 10 - 4 each day, ends Saturday 17th August 2013

Photographs: Julie McPherson

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Tapestries on Display

The exhibition of The Derry Weave tapestries is up and it looks great. This is the only occasion when all seven tapestries will be displayed together before being gifted to communities across the City. Venue: The Playhouse 5-7 Artillery Street Derry/Londonderry BT48 6RG . Visit from 22 July to 17 Aug. Mon - Sat 10 - 4pm

Here is a little teaser to tempt you along.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Finishing Touches

A glorious Sunday afternoon spent adding the finishing touches to the tapestries. All now ready for exhibition. Opening: Monday July 22 5.30-6.30pm and continuing throughout August at The Playhouse Theatre 5-7 Artillery Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6RG. Tel: 028 71 268027

Sunday, 14 July 2013


All tapestries are off the loom. Now fully engaged in preparation for exhibition at Playhouse Theatre. Blocking, steaming, stitching and backing.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Finishing touches added to St Columba's tapestry

Ivan Taylor, Elma Taylor, Dickie and Elizabeth Montgomery weave in the last few threads of the Columba tapestry.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Foyle Disability centre

An enjoyable morning working on woven panels with clients at Foyle Disability Centre. Thanks guys for working so hard, we loved working with you.