A close up of one of the kneelers, showing the embroidered cross of St Cuthbert's
The Kneelers

The project we set ourselves was to make three four-foot kneelers for the altar rail in St. Cuthbert’s. Tapestry and feltwork were to be our chosen media which would be worked with wool sourced from a flock of Cheviot sheep raised on a farm in Coanwood; but before the needle point could begin, wool had to be dyed. This was done by the group using natural dyes, creating stunning colours. We involved the children from Greenhead First School in the project, too.

We based the designs on incidents from St. Cuthbert’s life, as written down by the Venerable Bede.

Women at sowing machines, during the making of the kneelers.
Women at work, creating the kneelers.