TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING
The Ros Tapestry Project is a true community initiative created in County Wexford. Initiated in 1998, the tapestries will have taken 10 years to complete before being installed in their setting, where they will remain on permanent public display.
Beguiling Attention to Detail
The appeal of embroidery has always been its beguiling attention to detail. This is at the heart of the making of the Ros Tapestry. The embroiderers, the workers of magic, sit at a long frame and stitch the details of landscape - distant hills, rippling water and rough foregrounds - using French and bullion knots, satin and chain stitch. Folds of dress fabric are done in couching skilfully adapted to effect the complicated pleats. Faces are done in smooth long and short stitch.
Embroidered on Location
Teams of embroiderers gather throughout the county of Wexford and nearby Kilkenny to interpret the fifteen cartoons researched in depth and painted by Ann Griffin Bernstorff. Where possible, the panels are embroidered at venues which are associated with the historical content of the cartoon. For example, 'The Siege of Wexford' was stitched at the Irish National Heritage Centre, at Ferrycarraig just outside Wexford Town.
The hours of stitching fit into the lives of people who farm, nurse, teach and look after families amongst other professions. Their contribution to the craft skills of the country and to contemporary visual culture is enormous.
Located on The Quay in New Ross, directly opposite the JFK Memorial Statue and flags.