Masterton Library Wall Hanging


Liz Greville

Wairarapa Embroiderers' Guild



  • Textile Work


  • Textile
  • Linen


  • Total size: H1400 x W23,460mm. Panels vary in size from H350 x W350mm to H1000 x W700mm

Liz Greville with the Wairarapa Embroiderers' Guild, ‘Masterton Library Wall Hanging’ (1985), Masterton District Library, Whakaoriori Masterton

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021


This embroidery work has used evenweave linen.

The complete work is composed of 102 textile panels depicting the history of Masterton. 120 Guild members spent approx 100,000 hours making the hanging. The process was well documented in the book Masterton Library Wall Hanging: A Social History in Threads compiled by Maureen Bull and Bernard Burgess (Masterton District Library: 1993, 108pp).