Saturday, 20 March 2010

Local Faces - Phyllis Pask MBE

Not all of the people on the local faces panel were well known celebrities. Mrs Phyllis Pask was awarded an MBE in 1989 for services to the community in Leeds.

Not only did she raise at least £93,000 to sponsor 100 guide dogs but she also volunteered at several hospitals as a member of the WRVS.

The vast majority of the volunteers tried to avoid embroidering people. Representing faces in stitch does require a great deal of patience, practice and talent. This problem was overcome by getting the images printed onto fabric, at first by professional firms and latterly, with much trial and error by our own domestic printers. Since the Tapestry was completed several firms have brought out fabric treated with chemicals to be used with inkjet printers, these could have made life a lot easier.

This embroidery was stitched on professionally printed fabric by Julia Cooper and Godfrey Harland.

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