In the most recent parish bulletin, Our Lady of Walsingham Church, Houston, reports on the new stall cushions which have been made and embroidered by the ladies of the parish. These join a set of beautiful hassocks which had previously been made.There are some photos of both in the bulletin and on the website. Paula Dean writes:
The St. Margaret of Scotland Needlework Guild of Our Lady of Walsingham has just completed needlepointed cushions for the Chancel stalls. These cushions are being presented for dedication today (December 14).
In designing the cushions, inspiration came from several sources. The frame and background designs common to all six cushions were inspired by the design of the lower reredos in the Sanctuary. Four of the cushions are centered with a Canterbury cross reflecting our Anglican patrimony. The celebrant’s stall cushion is centered with an ancient Trinity symbol expressing the relationship among the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Cathedra’s cushion is centered with the seal of The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter and surrounded with symbols of St. Peter.
The boxing on each cushion is a combination of Christ’s cross, which is right side up, and St. Peter’s cross, which is upside down. The suggestion for this came from the row of crosses atop the reredos.
These cushions were generously sponsored by and stitched by parishioners who have worked diligently for over a year. With 196 stitches per square inch of canvas and an average of 700 square inches per cushion, each stitcher painstakingly and lovingly put in approximately 137,200 stitches!!!
Following the Mass, all are invited to come to the Chancel to see their handiwork.
Paula Dean, Directress