The Great Tapestry of Scotland

Alistair Moffat

A lavish, large format hardback featuring the artwork of The Great Tapestry of Scotland, an outstanding celebration of thousands of years of Scottish history.
Date Published :
September 2021
Publisher :
Contributor(s) :
Alexander McCall Smith
Illustration :
color throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781780276472
Pages : 352
Dimensions : 10.05 X 10.05 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The Great Tapestry of Scotland is an outstanding celebration of thousands of years of Scottish history and achievement, from the end of the last Ice Age to Dolly the Sheep and Andy Murry’s Wimbledon victory of 2013. The 1000+ stitches spent a total of 55, 000 sewing hours on the 160 panels that make up this extraordinary work of art.

This book shows in full colour all the finished panels of the tapestry – one of the biggest community arts projects ever to take place in Scotland – together with descriptive and explanatory material on each panel and lists of all the stitchers involved.

About The Author

Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. A former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, he now runs the burgeoning Borders Book Festival as well as a production company based near Selkirk. He has written twelve books, including Kelsae, The Reivers, The Sea Kingdoms, The Borders and The Wall, all of which are published by Birlinn.

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the highly successful No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies. Since then he has devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the 44 Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in the Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series and the Corduroy Mansions novels.


A real people’s history that has humour and pathos, erudition and wit, and where in every panel you feel the presence and the engagement of the makers'

- BBC Radio 4, ‘Museums That Make Us’

This remarkable teamwork has made Andrew Crummy's artistic vision a reality, and The Great Tapestry of Scotland is now a gift to the nation' 

- Edinburgh Life

[T]he most ambitious attempt to capture the past in needle and thread since the Bayeux Tapestry ... The result is not just visually stunning but intensely moving and occasionally very funny'

- The Times

The beauty of this book lies in the ample space devoted to illustrating each panel of the tapestry, allowing the reader to study the detail in the crafting of each story at their leisure' 

- Scottish Field

This sumptuous book details every single panel in rich detail, giving a real sense of the scale of the project [. . .] perfect as an introduction to this wonderful work of art, or as a reminder for anyone who has seen the exhibition'

- National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies

If you are unable to see the Tapestry in all its glory, this wonderful book will take you through the country’s history from the Ice Age to the present day as told in the stitches of 160 panels' 

- New Stitches

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