A HANDBOOK charting the colourful history of industries depicted in the Clackmannanshire Tapestry is set to be launched at an event this month.

The Clackmannanshire Tapestry Handbook will officially be launched at an Alloa Hub event on Saturday, April 13, to accompany the five-hand stitched panels which were revealed nearly two years ago.

Starting at 11am on the day, those heading along will hear from Susan Mills, chair of Clackmannanshire Field Studies Society, who produced a colourful history of the industries depicted in the artwork.

The handbook also includes stories from the 41 hard-working stitchers who created the tapestry on why they included certain items.

The tapestry, which has been the centrepiece of attention at Alloa Hub, took more than two years to complete with much of the work done throughout the pandemic and supported by Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface (CTSI).

At the event, CTSI chief officer Anthea Coulter will be providing the background introduction before author Susan shares the breadth of content within the handbook.

The five hand-stitched panels charting the rich history of the Wee County were revealed at Alloa Town Hall in March 2022 with the work inspired by the Great Tapestry of Scotland which came to Alloa in 2017 – and the lack of a Wee County representation on its panels.

The 100cm by 50cm panels were designed by Andrew Crummy, who was also behind the Great Tapestry of Scotland, with Lesley Thornton, from Tillicoultry, acting as the lead stitcher with support from the Great Tapestry's Dorie Wilkie.

The panels, work on which began in 2019, depict five main industries of the county and the people involved: glass-working, mining, yarn spinning, brewing and weaving.

Copies of the accompanying handbook will be on sale at Alloa Hub and other venues across Clackmannanshire.

Places to the launch event are limited, visit tinyurl.com/vfxzbzxw or email val@alloahub.co.uk for tickets.