Thrilling yarn: Tapestry depicts 'Game of Thrones' saga
BELFAST - AFP
The Northern Irish public have taken the series to their hearts.
"A tapestry is, more than anything else, a great storytelling device," explained Valerie Wilson, costume and textiles curator at National Museums Northern Ireland.
Styled in the manner of the treasured Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, the completed piece will be transported to France to hang near its predecessor in September.
The panels of the piece are woven by machine before the finishing touches are put on by hand.
For two years, a team of 30 has been at work on and off stitching embellishments on the icons, "blood red weddings," "emerald green wildfire" and "cold-blue White Walkers" which prove pivotal in the blood-and-guts HBO drama.
Such is the graphic nature of their handiwork, the museum display comes with a warning: "Due to the depiction of graphic scenes, viewing of the tapestry is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18."
The team has been working on stitching depicting the eighth and final series.
Participants, like actors in the show, were also sworn to silence, forced to sign non-disclosure agreements to maintain the shroud of secrecy.
"It was very crucial when the project launched that it had that new, fresh, almost surprise element," Wilson said.
After the embellishments are put on, the final panels are being added to the snaking display of series one to seven already on show to museum visitors.