HBO, the TV network company behind Game of Thrones, celebrated the launch of the hit fantasy TV drama’s season 5 DVD and blue ray boxsets by commissioning a unique artwork from the Embroiderers’ Guild.

The result was a 5m wide, 4m high artwork of a ‘White Walker’, one of the mythological creatures in the series that kill all in their path. Stitching started in mid-January and took until the second week of March to be completed.

Anthea Godfrey, artistic director of the Embroiderers’ Guild and project manager, commented: “This has been an amazing project that truly has brought the embroidery community together across the whole of the UK. There is a huge variety of textile skills involved in making the piece, including digital print, surface stitch, machine embroidery, metal thread work beading, appliqué and quilting. We are really proud to have been involved”.

The Embroiderers’ Guild led the design and production of the piece and invited stitch partners The Royal School of Needlework, Hand & Lock and Fine Cell Work to participate. Hatley Print in Lewes, Sussex, was also noted by the Guild for its “help in solving pre-production issues and delivering an outstanding digital print”.

The embroidery was displayed at Central St Martins in London for two days in March. Further viewing dates will be posted on the Guild’s website.


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