Historic tapestry unveiled in Conche

Kerri Breen
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A new tapestry exhibit was opened today at the French Shore Interpretation Centre in Conche.

The 222-foot long embroidered tapestry depicts the history of Newfoundland and Labrador’s French Shore.

Joan Simmonds, program manager with the French Shore Historical Society, said the French Shore Tapestry is more than a visual chronicle of history.


“The tapestry is an international community project, completed by people who had the courage to take an idea and turn it into reality,” said Ms. Simmonds. “As part of the tourism industry, we have always said that good partnerships make sustainable development possible, and the creation of this tapestry is proving that to be true.”

“This is a truly inspiring piece of artwork which highlights an important part of our diverse heritage and culture,” said Culture Minister Terry French, who was present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “It will no doubt become a must-see cultural attraction in this region, and I congratulate all involved, particularly the 12 women who spent more than 20,000 hours embroidering this complex tapestry from start to finish.”


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Organizations: French Shore Historical Society

Geographic location: Conche, Newfoundland and Labrador, France England

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Recent comments

  • Gilbert DesBecquets
    August 22, 2010 - 19:49

    We saw the tapestry, in Conche, a few days before its official unveiling. What a marvelous piece of work, every bit as beautiful and meaningful as the Bayeux tapestry which we saw a few years ago. Congratulations to the conceptor and the ladies of Conche. We are looking forward to seeing it exposed elsewhere in Eastern Canada. Bravo!

  • Dale Tilley
    July 28, 2010 - 07:50

    I am sure that this is a beautiful piece of art. I think that the names of the twelve ladies responsible for this piece of history should have also been noted. Congratulations ladies!

  • Paul
    July 27, 2010 - 18:47

    Wow, sounds like quite the work and I'll certainly be up that way before too long and will be dropping by to see it.

    • marie tibbo
      July 27, 2010 - 19:11

      i was so proud to see the tapestry finished.congratulations to all the ladies for all their hard work and dedication that went into this work of art. a job well done!