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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?

28th May 2024 is our inauguration at Notre Dame Cathedral in Carentan where we will be on display until 1st September and then we will be on tour... our 1st destination will possibly be Southwell Cathedral in Nottinghamshire from 8th to 28th September - to be confirmed.

Is it free to get in to see?

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

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

— Helen D.

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Andrew Malone
8 days ago

Hello, I am planning to visit your wonderful Wool Soldiers in Carentan June Ist till June3rd and was checking that the exhibit will be open on those days?
Looking forward to seeing the Woolly Soldiers such a wonderful way to remember those brave men.
Kindest regards
Andrew Malone

janice Patmore
8 days ago

This is a Labour of love and absolutely stunning
Thank you for your defucation

Francine Rouanet -Démocrate
16 days ago

Fascinating, moving and inspiring! Congratulations. As the president of a Generations Mouvement association in the village of Vimarcé (commune de Vimartin -sur Orthe) in Mayenne close to the road used by the Allies on their way to Paris I would be interested in the project of displaying your remarkable work and join in the celebration of such an important anniversary. I am a friend of one of the contributors to the work: Jan Davies one of our members. Let us have your thoughts on this. Thank you. Kind regards. Francine R-D.

Dilys Neill
17 days ago

Are you a registered charity?

Ms Ann Coombs
18 days ago

Please can you tell me if The Longest Yarn will be visiting Bristol or the South West, I'd love to see it

25 days ago

Lovely to have come across this on the BBC site. We have the same ethos at Standing with Giants and know what it's like to be keen to do something special with no funding. Well done you * Bob

a month ago

Wow -absolutely amazing
Well done all involved

Alta Smith
a month ago

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Such skill and talent. Well done everyone!!

Simone Griffiths
a month ago

An absolutely fantastic idea! The amount of love and work gone into these is tremendous and the talent shown is awesome. Extremely proud to call one of these very clever ladies my mother in law.

Penny smith
a month ago

I live in France
Do we just turn up to see this in France or need to book a ticket at any of the venues on the tour

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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