InspirationStitching circle

All over the world, groups of people come together to stitch and to tell a story. Some projects are centuries old and worldfamous, others have a local character and are only known by few. And whether it is art or crafts, it is always special and inspiring to behold. If you know of initiatives that belong in this section, tell us about them and we will contact the people involved.

Quaker Tapestry
Quaker Tapestry Scheme ©
The Quaker Tapestry
1981-1996 Engeland
The Quaker Tapestry is a modern embroidery of 77 fascinating panels of specially woven wool cloth. Each panel measures 25" (635mm) wide by 21" (533mm) deep. Made by 4,000 men, women and children this international community project explores three centuries of social history.
It all started as a result of a chance remark by an eleven-year-old boy attending the children's class of a small Quaker Meeting in the South of England in 1981. His teacher, to whom the remark was made, was an accomplished embroiderer. She had the vision of a number of large tapestry panels telling something of the Quaker story and beliefs. At a Quaker Yearly Meeting in 1982 she mounted an exhibition of work in progress and her ideas and determination aroused an enthusiastic response from many Friends. Designers came forward, embroidery groups were formed and training workshops were arranged. The Quaker Tapestry is quite unlike any other contemporary embroidery in its style, scope, content, method of execution and consequent effect on many of those who took part. The vision and enthusiasm sprang from the grass roots; it was not directed as for a commissioned work. The Quaker Tapestry uses a new embroidery style and technique which enables both skilled and unskilled workers to cooperate.
The Exhibition Centre in Kendal, Cumbria UK is open to the public from April to December.