Australian Quaker Narrative Embroidery Committee

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Australian Quaker Narrative Embroidery Project

Quaker Tapestry Narrative embroidery

We are creating an embroidery to illustrate Australian Quaker history and concerns. This committee coordinates the design, stitching, conservation and exhibition of the panels


The purpose  of the Friends in Stitches Committee is to coordinate, encourage and grow the Australian Narrative Embroidery project. As of today we have seventeen completed panels and another eleven in progress. We envisage at least forty. 
A panel begins with the ideas. Then follows research and the creation of a design using images and text. The completed cartoon is drawn onto calico and tacked onto the woollen fabric ready  for the stitching of the embroidery. The finished embroideries are mounted and then displayed in Quaker Meetings and other venues around Australia. 

Our project is a community arts project. It is based on the UK Kendal Quaker Tapestry which in turn is based on the Bayeux tapestry. It is a series of embroidered panels which tell a story and this is why we call it a 'tapestry' when it is actually an embroidery.

We encourage participation at all levels. If you have an idea for a panel, let's hear it! Can you design a panel or would you like to stitch one? No previous experience needed. We learn on the job. 

During the Corona Virus Lockdown,join us on Zoom for Meeting for Stitching. Thursdays at 1.30 am Eastern Standard Time.

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The co-convenors of the committee are Tessa Spratt and Sally O'Wheel.


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