12/03/2016 15:00 EST | Updated 12/04/2017 00:12 EST

Tapestry celebrates experiences of Scottish diaspora

Thousands of people of Scottish extraction from around the world have contributed to the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, which is on display at the Atwater Library until Dec.10.

Bruce Bolton, former president of the St. Andrew's Society of Montreal, served as the project coordinator for the Montreal leg of the tapestry's global tour.

Bolton sent some themes of the Scottish-Montreal experience to the group behind the tapestry, which is based out of the Prestoungrange Arts Festival in Scotland.

An artist in Scotland, Andrew Crummy, then drew a panel for Montreal based on those themes.

That panel was then sent back to Montreal to be stitched locally.

"You cannot believe it until you see it," Bolton said of the tapestry.

"[You can't believe] the love that's gone into the stitching from around the world."

Admission is free to see the tapestries and books of the catalogue are for sale.

After leaving Montreal Dec. 10, the tapestry will stop in Ottawa before moving on to Iceland and finally returning to the U.K. in March 2017.