St Michael's Bereavement Support Group
Our next meeting is Tuesday, 12th June, at 2.00pm in St Michael's
Our May meeting was treated to an illustrated talk by Elizabeth Joyce on her embroidery exploits. It all started when she retired from teaching after a car accident and she was approached to make a Cope, a rather elaborate outer vestment. This was a rather ambitious starting point but with the guidance of a Marjorie Hird from the Comprehensive School as it was then and the assistance of our own Molly McGillicuddy this was made.
Further church vestments were made which included a Children’s Stole for Gillian Rossiter based on a rainbow with the words “Let the Children come to me” embroidered on it in Celtic Lettering with Paul Rossiter adding a little detail of French Knots to give it a personal touch. There followed a Chasuble, in blue for healing.
Elizabeth then joined a group called Golden Hinde at Warrington to hone her skills, and the results were shown to us in the form of several pictures, a beautifully detailed Kingfisher, a Sweet Chestnut tree trunk in all shades of brown, and a Seascape made from a bag of all shades of blue and white silk left over from spinning threads, and a 3D flower picture the centre embroidered on a wire frame. All these pieces could take up to three to four months to complete.
Finally we were shown photographs of the Legulium covers and Pulpit covers in the colours of the four church seasons, GREEN, WHITE, RED, PURPLE, all with intricate designs embroidered on them, these were presented to the church she and Stephen used to visit in Cornwall. The final photograph was of the presentation of the last Cover made at a pet service at the Cornish church.
Our thanks to Elizabeth for a fascinating talk.