Has anyone here ever sewn one or more panels of the Bayeux Tapestry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayeux_Tapestry)?
I've been mildly obsessed with this tapestry from a very young age. My mother has been an avid genealogist for as long as I can remember, with a strong focus on medieval times. Other children got coloring books with cartoon characters; my mother gave us photocopies of blank coats of arms and stacked heraldry books in front of us for reference materials. Additionally, one of our ancestors is depicted on the tapestry, so that has been another big factor in my interest.
I've seen reproductions for sale online that are made in Belgian and French tapestry mills, but never in its entirety. I know Chantal James teaches classes at the Bayeux museum shop in Normandy on reproducing the tapestry, and the shop sells kits that include the materials for people to do their own reproductions of several panels. The kits are 49-134 euros ($65-$177) but include thread and cloth that are as close as you can get to the original ones used, which seems impressive.
This is pretty much my dream project, though my embroidery skills are rudimentary at this point and it would take many years to complete, I'm sure.