A spectacular display of twelve huge silk panels retelling the creation story from the first pages of the Bible opened at Chester Cathedral this week.

‘Threads through Creation’ is a vibrant combination of silks, hand-dyed materials, metallic leathers and gold leaf – with miles of thread and eight million stitches.

Artist Jacqui Parkinson’s work is eye-catching and attractive, highly accessible for viewers of all ages. She uses fascinating, unique techniques that produce a feast for the eye.

Jacqui said: “My work is all about engaging people with the Bible story, offering encouragement and opening up opportunities for interesting discussions.

"In this exhibition, my aim is to capture the wonderful extravagance of the creation story - and to delight everyone who views the panels. Despite Adam and Eve’s fall from grace, it remains a story of love and promise, something we can all do with these days.”

Cathedral Vice Dean, Canon Jane Brooke, added: “I’m delighted that Jacqui’s ‘Threads’ series is returning to the Cathedral once again. ‘Threads through Revelation’ visited Chester Cathedral in 2017 and was immensely popular.

"I’m hopeful this exhibition – of four joyful, exuberant, exciting pieces - will repeat its success.”

The enormous panels, 2.5m high and as wide as 3.5m, start with strong elemental pieces illustrating the first days of creation, onto complex and lush work as we enter the Garden of Eden.

Threads through Creation opened on Wednesday, January 12 and will remain open until Tuesday, March 1. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday 12 noon – 4pm. Entry is by donation.