First stop on our Probus bus trip yesterday was at St Stephen’s Church, Marton. And what a treasure the church is. Made of beautiful native timbers, with the sunlight flooding through the stained glass windows, and featuring a gorgeous array of hand stitched tapestry cushions.
Tree of Life window at St Stephen’s Church
Back in 2007 a suggestion was made to the Women’s Fellowship that tapestry cushions would enhance the lovely old church. A committee was set up, and the members were soon enthusiastically stitching away. The design brief for the project was: Traditional designs featuring a cross or other religious symbol, or historic buildings of the area, or farming activities, or flora and fauna of the area. It was decided not to restrict the background colour, and for the stitchers to decide which colours best suited their designs.
Cushion kits were made up, photos and some graphs were supplied if required, although some stitchers chose to develop their own design. The project was well publicised, and this led to a number of new stitchers in to join in. An amazing total of 80 cushions were stitched by 60 people. At a service in June 2009, Archdeacon Elizabeth Body dedicated the cushions and gave thanks to those who had stitched them.
Although I don’t do tapestry and failed miserably at cross stitch, I can certainly appreciate all the work and love which went in to making these lovely tapestry cushions. Well done, ladies of Marton.