Wisbech woman recreates a full size replica of the Bayeux Tapestry

Mia Hansson turned her love of craft-making into a mission to recreate a full scale replica of the B

Mia Hansson turned her love of craft-making into a mission to recreate a full scale replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. Photo: Mia's Bayeux Tapestry Story. - Credit: Archant

It is possibly the most talked about embroidered artefact in the world and one woman from Wisbech has set out to create a replica of the famous Bayeux Tapestry - all 69 metres of it.

Mia Hansson turned her love of craft-making into a mission to recreate a full scale replica of the B

Mia Hansson turned her love of craft-making into a mission to recreate a full scale replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. Photo: Mia's Bayeux Tapestry Story. - Credit: Archant

Mia Hansson turned her love of craft-making into a mission to recreate a full scale replica of the medieval artwork.

She estimates the project will take more than a decade to complete but says it is for “handicraft interest rather than a historic one”.

The 44-year-old started work on the design almost two years ago and aims to get it as close to the original as possible.

Mia explained: “I only use the seven shades of wool and work on a linen background.

Mia Hansson turned her love of craft-making into a mission to recreate a full scale replica of the B

Mia Hansson turned her love of craft-making into a mission to recreate a full scale replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. Photo: Mia's Bayeux Tapestry Story. - Credit: Archant


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“So far I have completed almost 13 metres and I look forward to embroidering the remaining 57. All going well, I will complete the replica in a total of 10 years.”

Her Facebook page ‘Mia’s Bayeux Tapestry Story’ documents her journey and her success at the craft fairs including her visit to one at Sandringham last week.

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The tapestry tells the story of the future William I’s conquest of England, culminating in the Battle of Hastings and the defeat of Harold in 1066.

It was announced earlier this year that the real thing could be loaned to the UK before 2020, with Cambridgeshire’s Mayor James Palmer saying it should be hosted in Ely.

Mia Hansson turned her love of craft-making into a mission to recreate a full scale replica of the B

Mia Hansson turned her love of craft-making into a mission to recreate a full scale replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. Photo: Mia's Bayeux Tapestry Story. - Credit: Archant

Mia Hansson turned her love of craft-making into a mission to recreate a full scale replica of the B

Mia Hansson turned her love of craft-making into a mission to recreate a full scale replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. Photo: Mia's Bayeux Tapestry Story. - Credit: Archant

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