Quaker Tapestry kit – Cooperation is better than conflict

Cooperation is better than conflict

Cooperation is better than conflict

I suppose you could say I inherited this panel. A local embroideress died, and her daughter gave me (and I believe many others!) various bits of her stash. This was nearly, but not quite, finished. I’ve now finished it and haven’t the vaguest idea where to put it, as I’ve no wall space to spare!

It is based on one of the panels of the Quaker Tapestry, which is a fascinating piece of embroidery depicting the history and development of the Society of Friends. The woollen fabric was woven especially for the project, and the kit included not only the woollen fabric, but the cotton muslin backing that they recommend to stop the fabric puckering.

Fly Stitches For Hay

Fly Stitches For Hay

I was delighted that the lady was willing to give me this piece to finish, because we had seen the Tapestry (which, like the Bayeux Tapestry, is an embroidery!) during a visit to Kendal a few years ago, and I was fascinated by the variety of the stitches used, and very impressed by the general level of skill demonstrated, considering that it was embroidered by many groups of people.

In fact this kit doesn’t employ the whole variety of stitches used in the Tapestry, but I liked the use of Fly Stitches for the hay,  and the use of the long taut straight stitch for the rope between the donkeys is just like my use of the same technique in the Camberwell’s rigging!



  1. Lady Fi says:

    Wonderful message – co-operation is always better!

  2. Penny says:

    She was obviously an embroiderer with a sense of humour.

  3. Before I read your entry I thought “that is fabric from the Quaker Tapestry”. I too was taken with that tapestry. We were walking in the Lakes District and we had a few days of rotten weather so I saw an add for the tapestry and drove over to Kendal. Just loved it.

  4. Janice says:

    Very sweet! Makes me think of the five foot long chopsticks story. 🙂

  5. What a lovely thing to be given. You have made a great job of it … just love those donkeys!

  6. Penny says:

    Lovely — I too especially like the donkeys. Obviously this was given to you because they knew you would complete it – and enjoy it. A lovely treasure.

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