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Our story

15 years

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.

77 panels

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…

4,000 people

…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.

1994, a permanent home

In 1994 we found a permanent home for the Quaker Tapestry in Kendal’s historic Quaker Meeting House. Now a museum, we welcome thousands of visitors each year from all over the world to enjoy the embroideries and our other displays.
Kendal’s Quaker Meeting House is a lively building used by the whole community for events, workshops and training sessions and it is still a place of worship for Quakers today. On site we also have a gift shop, a walled Peace Garden, cafe, rooms for hire and a small car park.