It’s all Jonathan’s fault – he started the Quaker Tapestry in 1981 when he asked why he couldn’t do something more interesting than colouring in. The grownups soon joined in (the kids were having far too much fun) – and by 1996 the Quaker Tapestry was complete.
There were only going to be fifty, but the idea caught on and more and more people got involved! In the end we used up all the backing material we had left – which is why we stopped at 77…
…aged from 3 years to 93 were involved in designing and creating this amazing celebration of life, people and events across the centuries. Contributions came from 15 countries making this one of the biggest community projects ever! (ok – the Great Wall of China tops it. And the pyramids. But they were made to do it).
Some people made whole panels, some put in just one stitch. In the process of making it, we had to invent a completely new stitch – the Quaker stitch.
The Quaker Tapestry covers the industrial revolution, developments in science and medicine, astronomy, the abolition of slavery, social reform, and ecology, not to mention the famous three-wheels-on-my-waggon story of the banker John Backhouse.
And by the way, we’re nothing to do with Quaker Oats, so there’s definitely no porridge!