Visitors to Fabric of the North may be puzzled by this little figure - unless they're from North Shields, that is.
The North Shields Dolly is a wooden statue, displayed in the Tyneside shipping town of that name. The first-generation Dolly was a ship's figurehead, put up in 1814. Sailors would cut a chip off her to take to sea for good luck. Not surprisingly she didn't last long, and a second-generation Dolly followed, then a third... And the current one is Number Six.
Local weaver Jean Hall took up tapestry weaving just three years ago, at the Darlington Weaving Rooms, at the sprightly age of 82. This little tapestry is her recollection of Dolly Number Five, modelled on a fishwife with her creel full of fish, on the way to market.
Every piece has its story.