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HBO marks Game of Thrones season 5 release with giant piece of embroidery

HBO has marked the home theatre release of season 5 of Game of Thrones with the unveiling of a giant piece of embroidery in London’s King’s Cross.

The 6x4m work depicts the massacre of Hardhome, a key battle scene within the franchise, the piece will be on public display for one weekend only at central Saint Martins’ Crossing Gallery until midnight on Saturday.

Woven by the Embroiderer’s Guild, the Royal School of Needlework, Fine Cell Work long-term prisoners and Hand & Lock Embroidery design room the monumental cushion took 50 people over 30,000 hours to create.

Anthea Godfrey, Artistic Director of the Embroiderers’ Guild and Project Manager, comments: “This has been an amazing project that truly has brought the embroidery community together across the whole of the UK. There’s also a huge variety of textile skills involved in the making of the piece, including digital print, surface stitchery, machine embroidery, metal thread work beading, appliqué and quilting. As many of the communities taking part are huge fans of Game of Thrones, we really are all proud to have been involved.”

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