The Heritage Sewing Group was set up in September 2014, and is focused on making replica hand sewn objects.  This is a group for adults, and meets twice weekly in Edinburgh, we currently have 27 members. 

We are currently running a project to make a replica of the  Marian Hanging.  This is a huge work of embroidery that Mary Queen of Scots made during her imprisonment in England, from 1569 until her execution in 1587.  The Marian hanging consists of 37 embroidered panels sewn onto green velvet.  The panels are based on Natural History images, and include many mythical creatures, and coded messages.  At the time of her imprisonment, she was under house arrest and all of her correspondence was monitored, but we can see that through her needlework she was able to express her feelings, and focus on life outside the walls. 

This pilot project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and it is a part of the Mary Queen of Scots Linen Project (a School project we set up in 2014). 

Below is the original sea monk panel, and it is 11.25 inches in diameter (including the border) .  Under that is the replica sea monk panel, and some of our other finished panels.

Fig 1. The original Sea Monk Panel

Fig 2 The Replica Sea Monk Panel,

 Fig 3. The replica Lyone Panel

Fig 4. The replica Pheonix Panel