Quaker Tapestry To Visit Berkshire For the First Time

Old Chapel Textile Centre

The National Needlework Archive welcomes a major exhibition of captivating and colourful panels of embroidery, a masterpiece of storytelling and a celebration of life, people and events across the centuries, will be on display at the The Old Chapel Textile Centre, Main Street, Greenham Business Park, Newbury, Berkshire RG19 6HW.

These amazing, modern bright textile pictures, made by 4,000 men, women and children, aged from 4 to 90 years and from 15 different countries, depict a fascinating insight into key events of the last 350 years from a Quaker perspective.  

Each of the tapestry panels measures 25” (635mm) x 21” (533mm) and was created in the ‘narrative crewel embroidery’ style of the Bayeux Tapestry.  The Quaker Tapestry was created from 1981 to 1996 over a 15 year period. It came into being as a result of a chance remark by an 11 year old boy to his teacher, Anne Wynn-Wilson. A special stitch was invented by Anne  and accepted by the Royal School of Needlework, the ‘Quaker Stitch’, to produce the lettering and other details.  

 The award-winning tapestry celebrates Quaker ideas, faith and practice from the 17th century to the present day. The selection chosen for the event covers subjects as diverse as trade, welfare, peace, prison reform, simplicity and more. 

Thursday 12 September – Thursday 10th October 2013 

 Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-4pm.  Entry £4.

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