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Discover us at the-longest-yarn.com. We are knitting and crocheting The Longest Day in time for the 80th Anniversary, June 6th 2024, 80 meters in 3D representing 80 years and the 80 day Battle of Normandy before they got to liberate Paris

A Thread Through History 

Knitted and Crocheted an 80 meter 3D depiction of 6th June 1944 in wool art

80 scenes to include the build up in England, the horrors on the Landing Beaches and the bloody inland battles

Created with guidance from historians, retained by the project, to be historically accurate, each scene has been selected by the creator to depict the story of this momentous day in history, each scene unique and made with care.

With some of the scenes dedicated and depicting actual WW2 veterans that were in the theatre of war here in Normandy on 6th June.

As we are a non profit Association and self funding to put the exhibition on we need help - look for the go fund me button!


Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when are you being exhibited? The exhibition is FREE and you do NOT need to book

28th May 2024 at Notre Dame Church in Carentan until 1st September - and then we will be on tour... our 1st destination will be:

Southwell Cathedral in Nottinghamshire from 7th to 28th September - CONFIRMED

2nd October - 28th October Llandudno CONFIRMED

OTHER DESTINATIONS to be confirmed

APRIL 2026 Cape May New Jersey USA


Is it free to get in to see?

Absolutely! We are a non profit registered association here in France - the book is payable - please be generous!

“Absolutely Stunning! Amazing work & well done to all involved’

— Helen D.

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10 hours ago

Do you have plans to bring the exhibition to the south of England ?

Dorothy D
17 hours ago

What a fabulous exhibition. Such talent. A must see as far as I am concerned. Well done to everyone.

Andrew Stemp
a day ago

So much skill, effort and coordination has gone into this wonderful woollen depiction of Overlord. A big hoorah to all those involved, including the sheep.

Michelle Gonzalez
3 days ago


Dominique Lemoine
4 days ago

Remarkable work and creativity. Deserves a lot more publicity

Anita Nicklin
5 days ago

Is there a link I can be sent with details and dates for an itinerary. I would love to visit the exhibition; what an amazing concept and wonderful creation by so many talented and dedicated people

Macdonald Museum
6 days ago

We would love to exhibit this in our museum in Nova Scotia, Canada

Bonnie Tracey
6 days ago

This is an Incredible work of art to remember an incredible day. My hats of for all the creators who dedicated their time and talents. Thank-You!

Jennifer McWhirter
6 days ago

Can this please come to Northern Ireland when on tour. We very often get left out of tours like this but we are part of the UK!

7 days ago

Looking forward to seeing this in Cape May New Jersey!

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Carentan Normandy, France

What is The Longest Yarn?


An 80 meter 3 D knitted/crocheted work depicting The Longest Day 6th June 1944 in time for the 80th Anniversary.

Inspired by Tansy Forster who admired very much the toppers and yarn bombing events in the UK - had the idea she’d make a topper for her garden wall in Houesville for 80th Anniversary, however mulling it over with a few other folk and a some other knitters the whole thing rather grew and now It’s a work of 80 meters representing 80 years and the 80 days of The Battle of Normandy, it is broken up in to 80 1 meter panels being constructed around the world… from as far as Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland and here in Europe.


Each panel represents what happened on June 6th 1944 - with men loading up in England and stuck there because of the storm, to the fierce battles on the landing beaches in Normandy, the bombardment of the civilian population with towns and cities flattened by allied bombing. The combined battle casualties of the Invasion were 550,000 of that 4,000 civilians, it’s estimated 250,000 cows were killed on 6th June.


The work on display is free to enter, but best to be accompanied by the book we are writing, which will explain each scene, a photograph of the war photo that inspired the creator, the finished scene along with description of what it is about and the a bio of the maker