Famous Quaker tapestry tops the bill at textile celebration

Learn about the famous Quaker Tapestry at a celebration of lace-making and textiles being held at a Derbyshire County Council Adult Community Education Centre.

The Lace and Textile Celebration Day will see visitors able to take part in workshops and see the Quaker Tapestry travelling photographic exhibition.

It is the 29th time the event has been held and is taking place at Clay Cross Adult Community Education Centre this Saturday, March 10 from 10am to 4pm.

Derbyshire County Council leader and cabinet member for culture Councillor Andrew Lewer said: “The Lace and Textile Celebration day is a popular event and gives people the chance to see how traditional crafts are used and have a go themselves.

“This year there is also the added draw of a fascinating talk about the Quaker community and a photographic exhibition of some of the famous tapestry.”

The original tapestry tells of Quaker events and insights and was completed in 1996 after more than 4,000 men, women and children in 15 countries had a hand in creating 77 panels on specially woven wool cloth which are usually on display in Kendal between April and December.

And there will be 12 life size photographic panels on display in Clay Cross showing the fascinating social and educational work of the Quaker community.

There is also an illustrated talk about its history by two speakers at 11am and there will be tapestry kits, materials and mementos for sale in the exhibition hall.

Lacemaker and beading teacher Heather Vickers is leading a two hour beadwork spangle workshop from 1pm to show how she has combined these two skills to produce a unique design.

And Rachel Rastrick will teach the Scandinavian Stitch technique using a wooden tool which looks like a toothbrush handle which gives it the nickname of the ‘toothbrush rug’ from 12.30pm.

Stalls from around the country will offer specialist supplies, books and equipment for the lacemaker, embroiderer and beadworker.

Tutors will also be on hand to talk to visitors about lace-making classes which new students can join at any time.

The centre offers a range of other courses including art, computing, cookery, languages and yoga.

Entry to the event is £1.50 and there is a tombola and refreshments available.

The Scandinavian workshop costs £9.50 and the beadwork workshop £6.50, including all materials.

For more information about the event or to book a workshop call 01246 862383.