Quaker Tapestry

Quaker Tapestry The Meeting House in Kendal is home to the famous Quaker Tapestry Museum

77 panels, 15 years, 4,000 people, 15 countries - come on in! Journey through the Quaker influence on the modern world: explore the industrial revolution, developments in science and medicine, astronomy, the abolition of slavery, social reform, and ecology; and delight in the detail of the stunning needlework and the craftsmanship involved in its creation. The 77 vibrant embroidered panels were made by 4,000 men, women and children from 15 countries between 1981 and 1996.

Today we bid a very fond farewell to Ruth and Amy of The Courtyard Cafe. For the last 3 years, Ruth and her team have se...
10/05/2019

Today we bid a very fond farewell to Ruth and Amy of The Courtyard Cafe. For the last 3 years, Ruth and her team have served countless coffees to the thirsty masses of Kendal, and beyond. However the time has come for new beginnings for Ruth and so the cafe will be closed for now. Please bear with us and watch this space for cafe updates.

Would you like to know more about the Quaker Tapestry embroidered panels? During our creative writing workshops, led by ...
10/05/2019
Writer-in-Residence - Quaker Tapestry

Would you like to know more about the Quaker Tapestry embroidered panels? During our creative writing workshops, led by tutor and writer-in-residence, Geraldine Green, you will delve into the stories and journeys behind the creation of these unique textile pieces.

Ulverston-based poet and creative writing tutor Geraldine Green is delighted that she is Writer-in-Residence here at the Quaker Tapestry Museum, Kendal.

Wonderful to see Stanton Drew WI in the press with their Centenary Tapestry. The finished piece will be revealed at a sp...
13/03/2019
Stanton Drew Women's Institute centenary celebrations

Wonderful to see Stanton Drew WI in the press with their Centenary Tapestry. The finished piece will be revealed at a special party in October this year. We know first hand how much work goes into the tapestries so they must be busy bees embroidering, alongside fundraising, to make it all possible. We can't wait to see the final piece 🙂

2019 marks the centenary of Stanton Drew WI, which was formed four years after the National Women’s Institute was created.

To celebrate International Womens Day we'd like to tell you more about one of the remarkable woman featured in the Quake...
08/03/2019
Margaret Fell - Quaker Tapestry

To celebrate International Womens Day we'd like to tell you more about one of the remarkable woman featured in the Quaker Tapestry embroidered panels is Margaret Fell. Margaret was a founder of the Religious Society of Friends and she is known popularly as the “mother of Quakerism”. Read more about Margaret and what made her so remarkable in our latest blog post.

Today is International Womens Day, so we thought we'd highlight one of the remarkable woman from our embroidered tapestry panels, Margaret Fell.

2019 is a special year for both our museum and Bridget Guest, General Manager. Bridget celebrates 25 years of working he...
06/03/2019
Bridget's Favourite Panels - Elizabeth Fry and the Patchwork Quilts - Quaker Tapestry

2019 is a special year for both our museum and Bridget Guest, General Manager. Bridget celebrates 25 years of working here, alongside that of 25 years of the Quaker Tapestry Museum! As a designer and embroidery tutor Bridget knows the panels and their stories well and will be sharing her 25 favourite panels with us, as her own unique celebration of the 25th anniversary of Quaker Tapestry Museum.

Elizabeth Fry, challenged the appalling conditions of our 19th century prisons. Each woman was to have a bag of useful things

Work with us! We’re looking for a part-time temporary Museum Assistant. Your role will be to ensure that every aspect ...
28/02/2019

Work with us! We’re looking for a part-time temporary Museum Assistant. Your role will be to ensure that every aspect of our visitor experience will delight our customers and exceed all expectations of their visit.
Find more details, full job description and application form on our website https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/support-us/jobs-quaker-tapestry-museum/

Our  workshops for 2019 are now on open for bookings! The perfect creative treat for yourself or a friend. Learn new ski...
22/02/2019

Our workshops for 2019 are now on open for bookings! The perfect creative treat for yourself or a friend. Learn new skills and make new friends at one of our Embroidery Workshops as you become absorbed and fascinated by the ancient art of narrative crewel embroidery. Our workshops make ideal gifts for budding stitchers or absolute beginners. Places are already selling so please do book soon to avoid disappointment. Book online at https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/events/category/workshop-events/

This year marks 25 years of Quaker Tapestry Museum. We will be celebrating with 25 unique events across the year. A lot ...
22/02/2019

This year marks 25 years of Quaker Tapestry Museum. We will be celebrating with 25 unique events across the year.

A lot has happened since we opened in 1994, we cant wait to share our special plans. Ranging from displays, activities, workshops and talks here at the museum to special online celebrations, there will be something for everyone.

Please visit our website to see what we have in store, events will be added on here, and advertised in our free newsletter. Sign up to keep up to date with the latest news at quaker-tapestry.co.uk

Our charming Courtyard Flat is now available to book as accommodation here in the delightful market town of Kendal. The ...
15/02/2019
Charming First Floor Courtyard Flat - Flats for Rent in Cumbria, England, United Kingdom

Our charming Courtyard Flat is now available to book as accommodation here in the delightful market town of Kendal. The flat has undergone a transformation and is available to book now via Airbnb.

What’s more, not only will you get to enjoy a Lakeland getaway, but the money from your holiday helps Quaker Tapestry in our charitable work.

Entire home/flat in Cumbria, United Kingdom. Nestled in the heart of Kendal you will find our charming Courtyard Flat which comfortably accommodates three people. The open-plan living area and...

We are happy to share positive news from our Zimbabwe based suppliers, Gogo Olive, who produce our popular hand knitted ...
15/02/2019
Gogo News from Zimbabwe - Quaker Tapestry

We are happy to share positive news from our Zimbabwe based suppliers, Gogo Olive, who produce our popular hand knitted animals.

"Despite the troubles in the country the workshop is lively and often full of laughter and fun. There are often cheers in the workshop when we tell the ladies about new orders and they love hearing about the different parts of the world that their animals are being sent to!”

Read more about the latest news from the Gogo Olive Workshop in our latest blog

We are happy to share positive news from Zimbabwe based Gogo Olive, who produce our popular hand knitted animals.

23/12/2018
Quakers in Britain

Quakers in Britain

Do Quakers do Christmas?

Listen in as we discuss different Quaker takes on the festive season, why Quakers don't traditionally celebrate it (but sometimes do now), and explore ways to approach difficult conversations with family and friends.

Full podcast and links to subscribe at: www.quaker.org.uk/podcast

FREE entry during Nov and up until the 8th December to anyone with an LA postcode (you can bring a friend too!)  You can...
12/11/2018

FREE entry during Nov and up until the 8th December to anyone with an LA postcode (you can bring a friend too!) You can visit as many times as you like so you can pop in on a lunch or after school. Please bring proof of address with you. Please see our website for our opening times.

As Mike Leighs film Peterloo is released we reflect on the massacre and the Quaker Tapestry panel in which it is depicte...
20/10/2018
Peterloo - Quaker Tapestry

As Mike Leighs film Peterloo is released we reflect on the massacre and the Quaker Tapestry panel in which it is depicted. An estimated 18 people, including four women and a child, died from sabre cuts and trampling. Nearly 700 men, women and children received extremely serious injuries. All in the name of liberty and freedom from poverty. The Massacre occurred during a period of immense political tension and mass protests. Fewer than 2% of the population had the vote. Hunger was rife with the disastrous corn laws making bread unaffordable.

The Friends' Meeting House nearby provided a refuge for the injured and those fleeing from the cavalry. The wooden floor was soaked with the blood of the injured and dying and could not be washed away. The embroidered panel looks out through the door to the scene of carnage in the square.

29/09/2018

QuakerTapestry embroidery workshop at the Isle of Man Embroidery Guild. Soooo much fun😊

26/09/2018
Heritage Open Days Brand Survey

We are sharing this brand consultation survey on behalf of Heritage Open Days, who are using designer Wayne Hemingway to help them in the process. It's for anyone to complete and only takes a couple of minutes, so please share.

07/09/2018

We are all ready for our Heritage Open Day events at 2pm today, tomorrow and next Friday. There are still places available to see and hear the stories of our marvellous building in this one hour long talk and tour. Places are limited so do book ahead at quaker-tapestry.co.uk or call our office 01539722975 #quakertapestry #visitkendal #lakedistrict #heritageopendays #behindthescenes

This beautifully printed calendar has a full colour image of a different Quaker Tapestry panel for each month. Available...
27/08/2018
Through the Ages, Quaker Tapestry Calendar 2019 - Quaker Tapestry

This beautifully printed calendar has a full colour image of a different Quaker Tapestry panel for each month.
Available now from our museum shop or website. By buying lovely things from us you are supporting our charitable work.

This beautifully printed calendar has a full colour image of a different Quaker Tapestry panel for each month. There is plenty of space for your appointments, a handy hanging hook, informative text on the reverse about each panel and when you are done with that month you have a postcard to keep or s...

Quaker Tapestry's cover photo
27/08/2018

Quaker Tapestry's cover photo

It’s a rainy Bank Holiday Monday here in the Lake District. Why not visit the Quaker Tapestry Museum? We are open toda...
27/08/2018

It’s a rainy Bank Holiday Monday here in the Lake District. Why not visit the Quaker Tapestry Museum? We are open today until 5pm, with last admission at 4pm. Free parking for visitors. Our cafe is open for lunch too #quakertapestry #lakedistrict #visitkendal #rainyday #kidsarefree #museum

Book your place now for our Heritage Open Days Talk and Tour. 7th, 8th and 14th September at 2pm. Limited places are ava...
13/07/2018
Events | Heritage Open Days

Book your place now for our Heritage Open Days Talk and Tour. 7th, 8th and 14th September at 2pm. Limited places are available. We are very proud of our wonderful Grade II* listed building, its fascinating stories and design details. Like many other Meeting Houses, it’s well worth a visit!

◄  Back to previous page Quaker Tapestry Museum and Friends Meeting House, Kendal Quaker Tapestry Ltd, Friends Meeting House, Stramongate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4BH Join us for a talk and guided tour around the purpose built 1816 Quaker Meeting House. We will reveal its fascinating history and hi...

If you've visited Quaker Tapestry Museum please take the time to write us a review on here. We love hearing from our vis...
13/07/2018

If you've visited Quaker Tapestry Museum please take the time to write us a review on here. We love hearing from our visitors. Sharing your feedback on social media is a great way to inspire days out for others.

‘Inspired by’ panels, created by groups and individuals struck by the impact of such a bold narrative textile, are g...
13/07/2018
How much fabric is needed to make your own panel? - Quaker Tapestry

‘Inspired by’ panels, created by groups and individuals struck by the impact of such a bold narrative textile, are growing in numbers. We are thrilled to hear of groups or individuals taking up their needle and thread to create their own panel. This is the first in a series of blog posts about how to do just that.

There is a growing number of 'inspired by' panels created by groups and individuals (Quaker and non Quaker) struck by the impact of such a bold narrative textile. We are thrilled when we hear of groups or individuals taking up their needle and thread to create their own panel.

We’ve had some exciting new stock in. Just look at these lovely unique animals all the way from Gogo Olive in Zimbabwe...
13/07/2018
Knits from Zimbabwe come to Kendal - Quaker Tapestry

We’ve had some exciting new stock in. Just look at these lovely unique animals all the way from Gogo Olive in Zimbabwe.
Gogo Olive started as a simple vision of a group of women singing and laughing together while creating things with their hands – this vision is fulfilled every time they meet together! Each animal has a label with the name and photograph of the woman who made it and her chosen name for the animal too. Today we unpacked Pauline the Unicorn and Trish the Giraffe to name just a few! 🙂 Read more about Gogo Olive in our latest blog post

By buying these beautiful hand knitted animals you are helping two charities, Gogo Olive all the way over in Zimbabwe and Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal. A wide range of the animals are available in our museum shop or from Gogo Olive direct.

Are you looking to hire a room in Kendal?The Quaker Meeting House in Kendal (where the Quaker Tapestry is based) is one ...
11/07/2018
Room Hire - Quaker Tapestry

Are you looking to hire a room in Kendal?

The Quaker Meeting House in Kendal (where the Quaker Tapestry is based) is one of Kendal’s most popular and long established venues for Room Hire.

3 rooms available to accommodate different group sizes and requirements.

Conveniently situated close to the town centre with easy access to public car parks, bus and rail stations.

Please visit our website for more details:

https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/room-hire/

To book or to enquire about availability:
Please email:

[email protected]

or telephone : 01539 722975

Our visitors give the best advice
09/07/2018

Our visitors give the best advice

Too hot to be outside today so we went back to The Quaker Tapestry in Kendal.
If you buy a ticket for £7 it lasts for a year so you can visit as many times as you want .
There is so much to see you need to go back more than once!

On our way home we called in to Kitridding Farm cafe.

New product line launched through Bramley Hare Kits. A selection of Bridget Guest's unique and charming embroidery desig...
11/05/2018
Downloadable PDF patterns are launched with Bramley Hare Kits - Quaker Tapestry

New product line launched through Bramley Hare Kits. A selection of Bridget Guest's unique and charming embroidery designs are now available as PDF downloads, including detailed instructions and complemented with a downloadable stitch guide. Read more and visit Bridgets Etsy shop.

We are excited to announce that Bridget Guest, Textile Designer and Quaker Tapestry General Manager, has launched the online shop, Bramley Hare Kits.

Quaker Tapestry Museum is closed for winter until February 12th. You can still purchase from our gift shop either online...
12/01/2018

Quaker Tapestry Museum is closed for winter until February 12th. You can still purchase from our gift shop either online or by calling into our pop up shop in our office on the first floor during usual office hours. Every sale helps Quaker Tapestry and the work we do. You may be wanting a new challenge or to learn a new skill, what better place to start than with one of our exclusively designed embroidery kits and stitch guide book or DVD. We also have our wonderful 2018 Peace Calendar, Note Cards, Bookmarks and Key Rings as well as all our books, posters and gifts for adults and children.

Don’t miss your chance to see the worlds biggest community project, for free! Just bring along proof of your LA postco...
04/12/2017
Quaker Tapestry

Don’t miss your chance to see the worlds biggest community project, for free! Just bring along proof of your LA postcode to get free entry for up to two adults. Offer finishes on Saturday 9th December (when we close for winter)

FREE entry for locals. Up to two adults free entry on production of your utility bill with an LA postcode. As usual accompanied under 16’s, in a family group, automatically go FREE!

We are often asked why Quaker Tapestry came to reside in Kendal? As we launch our roof funds appeal here's the fascinati...
01/12/2017
A brief history of Kendal Meeting House - Quaker Tapestry

We are often asked why Quaker Tapestry came to reside in Kendal? As we launch our roof funds appeal here's the fascinating story of how Kendal Meeting House came to exist, with it's unusual design features and how Quaker Tapestry came to Kendal all those years ago.

The earliest Quaker meetings were held at private houses in the town but in 1687 a Friend bought the plot on the present site with a building on it.

Our 2018 Peace Calendar is flying out at the moment, get organised for next year whilst stocks last. Our calendar makes ...
24/11/2017
Peace Calendar - Quaker Tapestry

Our 2018 Peace Calendar is flying out at the moment, get organised for next year whilst stocks last. Our calendar makes a great gift priced at just £8, and is available from our exhibition shop and online shop. Published by Quaker Tapestry, printed in Cumbria, UK, on card from responsible sources. By buying lovely things from our shop, you support our charitable work.

Peace Calendar. Our 2018 calendar makes a great gift and features 12 panels relating to Peace.12 tear-off colour postcards for you to send or keep.

Ann’s work with the Quaker Tapestry will always be a legacy to treasure. A strong supporter and active advocate for th...
23/11/2017
Ann Nichols Remembered: 26 March 1922 – 30 September 2017 - Quaker Tapestry

Ann’s work with the Quaker Tapestry will always be a legacy to treasure. A strong supporter and active advocate for the Quaker Tapestry, she believed in the power of the Tapestry panels and their stories to convey the essence and heritage of Quakerism. Read more about her connection with Quaker Tapestry in our blog

Ann Nichols was one of the founders of the idea of the Quaker Tapestry. A superb storyteller, teacher, enthusiast and ambassador for the Quaker Tapestry.

Did you know… our Roadshows start from just one person with a bright idea…It’s a collaborative process involving t...
17/11/2017
Quaker Tapestry Roadshow coming to your town? - Quaker Tapestry

Did you know… our Roadshows start from just one person with a bright idea…It’s a collaborative process involving the venue, the Quaker Tapestry team and Quakers in your area.
The Quaker Tapestry panels of embroidery are ready to go – complete with display boards, lighting, interpretation material and of course the wow factor!
We would love to bring the Tapestry to your town sometime in the future. If you would like to learn more about what’s involved and download our Quaker Tapestry Tours Introductory Pack please follow the link below.

If you would like to organise a Quaker Tapestry Roadshow to visit your town, why not get in touch via our contact us form.

We are selling off limited stock of posters. A3 size are just 25p and A2 size are 60p! These high quality prints are per...
08/11/2017

We are selling off limited stock of posters. A3 size are just 25p and A2 size are 60p!
These high quality prints are perfect for brightening up a room or even trimming and framing.
Firbank Fell is available in both A2 and A3 sizes, Coalbrookedale and Elizabeth Fry in just A2, World Family of Friends in just A3.

Part of the joy of Christmas giving comes in the form of Christmas cards. You just never know whose day you can make tha...
06/11/2017
Quaker Tapestry for Christmas Cards - Quaker Tapestry

Part of the joy of Christmas giving comes in the form of Christmas cards. You just never know whose day you can make that tiny little bit more cheerful, with a personal note. The detail of the Quaker Tapestry, and its inspired embroidery designs, reproduce beautifully in our cards. Send a little bit of stitched beauty this year with our Prism and Robin designs. On sale now in our exhibition shop and online shop.

Christmas cards. Send a little bit of stitched beauty this year with our Prism and Robin designs. Blank inside for your own message.

White poppies are worn in the run-up to Remembrance Day every year by thousands of people in the UK and beyond. Having b...
02/11/2017
White Poppies - Remembering all victims of war - Quaker Tapestry

White poppies are worn in the run-up to Remembrance Day every year by thousands of people in the UK and beyond. Having been worn in this way for over eighty years. They can be worn on their own or alongside a red poppy. They are available from the Courtyard Cafe here at Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal. White poppies are distributed by the Peace Pledge Union (PPU) You may find these poppies are also available at your local Quaker Meeting.

White poppies represent three things. Remembrance for all victims of war, a commitment to peace and a challenge to attempts to glamourise or celebrate war.

Address

Friends Meeting House, Stramongate
Kendal
LA9 4BH

The Meeting House is in Kendal town centre, close to the bus and rail station.

General information

Make time for coffee or lunch at the Courtyard Café and enjoy delicious homemade food. Local produce is used to provide a menu of breakfasts, light snacks, hearty eats and, if you still have room, wonderful cakes and desserts. Takeaway available too

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