Ely – Threads Through Creation

Event Details

  • Location: Ely Cathedral
  • Address: The College, Ely, CB7 4DL
  • Start date: 14th June 2023
  • End date: 26th July 2023
  • Times: Varies
  • Entry fee: Included in general admission, concessions available

Threads through Creation is a breathtaking exhibition of twelve enormous, embroidered silk panels that explore the story of Creation.

Inspired by Genesis, the first book in the Bible, textile artist Jacqui Parkinson re-tells the story in a vibrant combination of layers of silk, hand-dyed materials, metallic leathers and gold leaf, miles of thread – and more than eight million stitches!

The panels are huge – 2.5m/8ft high by as much as 4m/13ft wide – and vary from bold elemental patterns illustrating the first days to highly complex, rich work as we enter the Garden of Eden.

Whilst the serious context of God’s good earth and man’s impact on it underlies the entire exhibition, the embroidery itself is bold and exuberant, and provides an enjoyable and uplifting experience to visitors of all ages.