Amazing 'Game of Thrones' Tapestry Recounts the Show's Entire Plot In Embroidery

Thursday, 20 July 2017 - 11:50AM
Game of Thrones
Thursday, 20 July 2017 - 11:50AM
Amazing 'Game of Thrones' Tapestry Recounts the Show's Entire Plot In Embroidery
Image credit: Northern Ireland Tourism Board
George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy story, A Song of Ice and Fire, works well in several media: books, a TV show, and (potentially) film. For those who prefer their stories to be nice and retro, the entire plot of Game of Thrones has now been adapted for the most quintessential medieval artform, the embroidered tapestry.




Commissioned by the Irish tourism board and created using fabric from one of Northern Ireland's few surviving linen mills, the embroidered tapestry mimics the style of the famous Bayeaux Tapestry, which tells the story of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, when England was conquered by French invaders. Instead of a tale of genuine history, though, this tapestry tells the story of the entire plot of Game of Thrones, one episode at a time.




As the scenes have been done the old-fashioned way, hand-embroidered by a team of talented artists, this is no small feat—the first six seasons of the show took three months in total to embroider, and the plan is to keep updating the tapestry with each new episode of the show's entire run.




Of course, nobody at the Irish tourism board can start planning the tapestry in advance, as HBO are incredibly cagey about letting plot details for the remaining episodes leak. If all goes well, though, and the team are able to finish the show's story using the available space on the tapestry that they have planned, the finished article will be 250 feet of gory, bloody fantasy violence.

The tapestry is far from the only tourist attraction that's cropped up in Europe in celebration of Thrones—a travelling event will allow fans of the show to see the real props of the series in all their glory as part of a worldwide tour that we hope will eventually bring the artifacts stateside.




In the meantime, the Northern Ireland Game of Thrones Tapestry can be seen on the Irish tourism website in digital form—or in person if you feel like visiting the Ulster Museum in Belfast from July 22 onwards!
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