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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Story of My Kneeler

Hello everyone,
Easter is only a couple of days away. I will be busy this weekend, since I'm on the Altar Guild.  If some of you are not familiar with the duties of the Altar Guild this is our purpose.

It is the ministry of the Altar Guild to care for the altar and the sanctuary of the church and to prepare the altar and sanctuary for any services that are to take place. In addition to preparing for weekly services, our responsibilities include caring for the altar linens and vestments, caring for the vessels, candles, offering plates, etc., ordering and maintaining supplies, preparing sanctuary for church related services, holidays and events. Our work as the Altar Guild is a quiet, behind-the-scenes way to serve the church; no previous Altar Guild experience in necessary.

While visiting England in 2011, we visited  St.Peter's, Monkwearmouth built in 674 AD by Benedict Biscop. St. Peter's is one of the oldest churches in Britain, where Christians have gathered for more than 1300 years.This is a place of worship and prayer, pilgrimage and mission. To see complete post:   Go Here
I was so captivated by the beauty of the church kneelers I wanted to make one myself. Now a few years later I'm making  a kneeler  in memory of my Mom and Dad. 
My kneeler will be one of 20 used at the altar rail.  
My favorite kneelers in this photo are the poppies and St. Peter's Church
My middle name is Cecilia and I love St. Cecilia the patron saint of Music. 
The kneeler is cross-stitch in wool yarn. This is a pre-made kit ordered from England. 
Wool, needle, foam pad and backing are included.
The stitches go in one direction to the left and turn the corner and cross over the stitch going to the right. There are five stitches to an inch. The piece is started with the darkest color and worked to the lightest color.
As you can see I haven't gotten very far...Two rows. Being out in the yard is very tiring and I need good daylight to see the dark yarn. I will be busy after the Garden Tour finishing my kneeler.
When I finish the kneeler I will do a post on the complete project.
This is the inside of St. Peter's Church. You can see the kneelers hanging the back of the pews. 
One more look at the amazing work of the women of the church.
I was so enamored by the beauty of the beautiful kneelers.
I just had to make one.
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  1. I'm Catholic too and this is so neat! I have never seen those kinds of kneelers - have either seen various traditional pull-down kinds, or - as in France and Ireland where I toured churches and cathedrals - NOTHING, just hard cold stone. Lucky I was young, honestly not sure I could do that as I did then for as many days in a row.....anyway saying a prayer for your Mom and Dad - my parents have been gone 21 and 14 years respectively now.......gone but never EVER forgotten.

    Love this post, keep at it- going to be lovely.

    Joyous Easter blessings to you.

  2. Loved seeing this! I'm Lutheran and we do not have "kneelers" at our church but I'm wishing we did when I see all the beautiful designs! So special for you to make one in memory of your parents! Happy Easter!


  3. I first heard of kneelers when I visited Trinity Church in Boston. They were absolutely breathtaking! I love the one that you are working on. It's going to be spectacular! What a lovely tribute to your parents! I'm very fond of St. Cecilia, I can't wait to see your finished project.

  4. I've never heard of these - they're marvelous! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  5. Really neat! Like how they are individual, we have a bench that lifts down.

  6. What a great collection of kneelers! We are making tapestry kneelers for our church, we need 82 in total to fill the church and so far I've made 28 of them - and I'm a 30 year old man!
    God bless your parents.


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