A visit to see the Quaker Tapestry prompts many to think about what story they would tell in stitch. So although the Quaker Tapestry was completed in 1996 ‘inspired by’ panels, completed by individuals and groups around the globe, ensure the Quaker Tapestry’s techniques live on….
Felicity James, from Stanton Drew WI, visited the museum and attended one of our embroidery workshops in 2018. Felicity arranged a private embroidery consultation afterwards, tapping into Bridget Guests expert advice, so as to help the group make an ‘inspired by’ panel to celebrate their centenary. Here Felicity updates us on the project..
”I thoroughly enjoyed the embroidery workshop and time with you, I went away really enthusiastic and finished off my workshop kit and purchased the ‘Gardener’ and ‘Harvest Mouse’ kits, Quaker Tapestry Stitch Guide book and DVD, along with Living Threads (about the Quaker Tapestry itself)
Our group is very enthusiastic about our project, you can see from the photos how the women are enjoying themselves. Most of them have done some embroidery in the past, some more than others…
One of our members was amazed to see herself and family on your Stitch Guide DVD! She is pictured with her family working on one of the panels. Funnily enough this was one of the women who originally suggested that I see the Quaker Tapestry. What a small world!
I was keen on them learning all the stitches used in the Quaker Tapestry so we ordered a Stitch Guide book for each of them, 2 metres of the woolen cloth plus some threads. We purchased calico with our design already printed on it. There was enough material left over after our actual tapestry design for a complete church and toll house, plus bits of other buildings to practice on before starting the actual thing. In the centre I’m going to do some Goldwork on the same material, but separately and appliqued on afterwards. My goldwork tutor suggested using square frames when embroidering the actual tapestry rather than a very large frame. Rosemary Bradley and I spent a day laying the calico and fabric out, as you suggested. We pinned them together and tacked it. I have hemmed the edges and mitered the corners, to give the edges strength and stop them fraying. So it is now ready for use.
The women are still practicing on their pieces, but they will be starting on the actual thing shortly. The church will be the first, followed by the toll house. Liz Richardson is a textile design tutor, so I have left colour shades to her.
I am so pleased the Quaker Tapestry stitches are being used for our centenary tapestry, as I think it will look very good hung in our village hall. We should be receiving various grants from local organisations, therefore will have the funds to make a very good job.”