A 102-year-old woman who started an embroidery when she was just 21 has finally finished it – 80 YEARS later.
Dedicated Jenny Pelmore started hand sewing the intricate tapestry in 1929 – and still has her original pencil sketch of the design.
She started the embroidery the year a general election ended in a Hung Parliament and the Wall Street Crash sparked a global financial crisis.
But after getting off to a flying start, Jenny lost interest and then only picked it up occasionally over the years.
For several years it was forgotten about in a drawer until she found it again and has now finally finished the piece – 81 YEARS after she started.
It took her eight times longer to complete her embroidery than it took to complete the world famous Bayeux Tapestry – which is 230ft long.
Jenny, a widow, of Feock, Cornwall, said: ”I started the embroidery in 1929 when I was 21. Now I’ve finished it off I’ve had it stretched and framed.
”I am delighted with it actually. I think I did a very good even if it did take a long time from start to finish.”
Retired nursery Jenny, a keen artist, drew the design herself and copied it onto material before embroidering onto the pattern.
It features a travelling circus including a Gypsy caravan and a big top tent set in a colourful park scene with trees and fields.
The piece will now to be hung at the Cornwall Crafts gallery in Helston, Cornwall.
Manager Rod Shaw-Sands said: ”I think it’s amazing that she’s finished it after all these years.”
Lynn Blake, who framed the picture for Jenny, said: ”It is a lovely story. We have a lot of customers who have history attached to pieces. We love the stories and hers was marvellous.”