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One of the largest textile projects ever created by a single artist is on display at Lancaster Priory this autumn.
Twelve huge spectacular panels – 8ft high, as wide as 11ft, and consisting of 8 million stitches – will adorn the historic church until November 3.
Threads Through Creation is a tour de force of stitching by textile artist, Jacqui Parkinson and has taken her almost three years to complete.
Lancaster Priory is only the second church in the UK to welcome the exhibition during a national tour which began at Salisbury Cathedral.
Designed to be attractive for visitors of all ages to see, Threads Through Creation re-imagines the days of creation as described in The Bible and includes some fun touches to discover.
Starting with dramatic and stark designs, the story unfolds across the increasingly colourful panels.
Jacqui, who was born in Manchester and now lives in Devon, uses an unusual and probably unique technique to create her work.
Her starting point are antique bedsheets which she quilts and then paints with fabric dyes. The sheets are then overlayed with silk layers stitched together using a free motion sewing machine.
The dyes and silks combine to produce a vibrant background for the appliquéd work on top and she also finishes most panels with metallic leathers and gold leaf.
Threads Through Creation is the first exhibition at Lancaster Priory since pandemic restrictions were lifted and the first since the new vicar was inducted.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to have this lovely exhibition here,” said the Rev Leah Vasey-Saunders.
“As the evenings draw in, Threads Through Creation should give visitors a real lift. It’s a fun and inspiring exhibition which everyone will treasure and enjoy.”
The spectacular yet detailed panels can be viewed Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Groups of ten or more requiring a supported visit should contact [email protected]


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