My inspiration for this project came from a visit I got to make to Bayeux, France last summer, to see the famous Bayeux Tapestry in person. The Bayeux Tapestry is a 20" high, 230' long embroidery (I know, it isn't a tapestry at all, but the name stuck, so thats what everyone calls it to this day!) which depicts the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066. It is wool yarn embroidered on a linen background, and it has survived almost 1000 years (it survived the French Revolution and two world wars!). It is perhaps the only embroidery of it's kind and scale that has told the story of an important event in history graphically, so that the illiterate masses of the day could learn what happened.
This pattern adapts the famous tapestry, so that it can be hooked instead of embroidered. The main features are hooked, but the background is left bare, like the tapestry. I embroidered the latin text and the sand in the lower right corner of the piece, and hooked the rest with worsted weight yarn.
Hand-hooked Bayeux Tapestry $750.00 Bayeux Tapestry pattern on linen $120.00 Bayeux Tapestry rug kit $230.00 Special Package: Joy of Hooking (With Yarn!), DVD, totebag, Bayeux Tapestry Rug pattern on linen, rug hooking instructions, yarn and a hook (a $295.00 value): $275.00
(kit does not include hook)