Our tapestry version of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting ‘The Last Supper’, which shows Jesus’s farewell meal with his closest followers, was created in 2003.
It was begun by Janet Johnson, a long-time parishioner of St Philip’s Anglican Church Waratah, which was then part of the parish of Georgetown/Waratah. Janet started the project but was worried she could not finish it alone. So several women from St Philip’s volunteered to work on it with her.
When it was complete, Janet’s daughter Clare Johnson had it framed. The tapestry then hung in the rear of St Philip’s until the church was sold. It now hangs in the foyer of St Matthew’s Anglican Church Georgetown.
In 2019, after 16 years on display, the tapestry was cleaned and reframed to recognise its importance to our church community and acknowledge the hard work and creative skill of the women who made it.
The photo shows…
Back (left to right): Colleen Read, Janet Johnson (dec).
Front (left to right): Joan Lavender, Emily Groves (dec), Jeanette Bullock.
Not present: Moira Donnon (dec).
Who stitched what
Robes on the left: Colleen Read
Robes on the right: Janet Johnson
Ceiling: Emily Groves
Faces: Jeanette Bullock
Window panels: Joan Lavender
Floor: Janet Johnson
Table: Colleen Read and Jeanette Bullock
If you know any more details about the creation of this tapestry or know of a similar one in another church we would love to hear from you.