January 28 – Impressions of Sutton Hoo and the Deben Millenium Frieze

Kim Shaw

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

Kim Shaw has visited our exhibition several times and today brought in some information about the ‘Impressions of Sutton Hoo’ quilt and the ‘Deben Millennium Frieze’.

‘Impressions of Sutton Hoo’ quilt

Only about a mile up the road is the National Trust property of Sutton Hoo. There are many burial mounds which were discovered and excavated by Suffolk archaeologist Basil Brown. The most important find was the remains of an Anglo-Saxon king, thought to be Raewald. He died about AD625 and was buried in his own ship surrounded by amazing jewellery and armour. In 2004 the National Trust invited local quilters to create a wall hanging to a maximum size of 40 square inches based on their impressions of the Sutton Hoo site. Twenty-seven quilters took up the challenge. Kim’s quilt was based on a scrapbook which she had kept on Sutton Hoo for over 20 years. She began with different skies and water/tidal mud flats to create the background and the applied the Sutton Hoo mask and the boat. She quilted sun rays and shafts of lightning and also waves. It is a stunning piece of work and hangs at the Sutton Hoo site. To see the days we visited Sutton Hoo visit December 10 and 23 January.

The Deben Millennium Frieze

The Deben Millennium Frieze describes a brief history of Woodbridge over the past 2000 years. The project began in September 1998 and was completed in March 2000. Michael Coulter, a local artist, was asked to design a 20 ft long by 3 ft high history in three sections. He was assisted in his research by Linda Wilde, a glass engraver. Anita Faithful, a local designer and textile expert agreed to take the overall lead in the project. Sixty volunteers from the Embroiderers and Quilter’s Guild were involved appliqueing by machine and hand sewing onto calico using mainly cotton cloth. Each panel carries the names of the people who carried out the work on the tapestry. It is a fabulous piece of work which now hangs in St Mary’s church, Woodbridge and is a wonderful labour of love. We visited the tapestry on 5 November 2017.