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Friends in Stitches Panels Exhibition at Historic Homestead
The Friends in Stitches will hold an exhibition of the Australian Quaker Narrative Embroidery Project panels at the Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead and Museum in the Yarra Valley, Wandin Victoria. 20 completed panels will be on exhibition, as well as some new panels which are currently works-in-progress. There will be demonstrations of stitching techniques, specially created for the panel designs from 6 January until Sunday 28 February 2020.
The Australian Quaker Narrative Embroidery Project is a collection of embroidered panels designed to tell the story of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia, through stitch. Inspired by the 77 elaborate and intricately designed British Quaker Tapestries (the Kendal Tapestries, https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/) whose design is based in the famous Bayeux Tapestry, Australian Friends have followed this same formal design pattern.
Ideas for the Australian panels come from all over Australia, and depict local Quaker history beginning with the arrival in 1770 of the first Quaker, Sydney Parkinson, a botanical artist and a member of Captain Cook’s expedition. Currently there are 20 completed panels, with plans for a total of 40 to be created.
The Project began in 2007 and until recently, the panels have had limited public exposure, exhibited only in Quaker settings (at local meetinghouses around the country or Quaker gatherings) and in selected public libraries. However, the “Friends in Stitches”, the group that meets to create the panels and carry on the work supporting other stitching groups around the country, have begun to take the Project to the wider world, and have started offering the panels for exhibition to Australian galleries and cultural institutions.