Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Queen Mary's Carpet

Queen Mary's carpet has been the subject of discussion on Needlepoint Nation recently, so I did a little searching to find this information about Queen Mary herself and her famous needlepoint rug.  Queen Mary is the grandmother of the current Queen Elizabeth II.  The rug itself was sold to raise money to pay off Britain's national debt after World War II.  It is currently in Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau but I can't find it on their website.  (Thanks for that, Christine!)

Ann Bernard's blog has a great factual article about the rug itself.
https://annbernard.com/embroideries-that-record-historyqueen-marys-carpet/?fbclid=IwAR3pk6rWxahuj9FzJpwiePmN8dwO9oz0-Vnlz7U1TS5ODKk7Th3g1HLETTg

This news reel footage shows off the rug nicely.  It took eight years and was started during World War II.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZL8ICT-V2E&fbclid=IwAR1OAIXH4LIkmN5VPf96jP9A9hYZiDXCA0JNNv1mpnGlyKQyXEKmR7FsRp4

More news reel footage.
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/queen-mary-makes-a-carpet-for-dollars

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