Thursday, 7 May 2009

The Seffrid Guild of Embroiderers

It was my pleasure to meet members of the Seffrid Guild at Parham House over the weekend. Founded in 1991 this group which takes its name from Seffrid II, Bishop of Chichester from 1180 to 1204 who had the task of repairing the cathedral after a terrible fire. Their work is to care for and preserve existing textiles so they can be enjoyed for years to come, in addition to carrying out new projects for the Cathedral.
Members meet up on Thursday and work for two hours in one of three shifts. They are always pleased to welcome enthusiastic embroiderers. They also work with embroiderers in other churches to share and develop skills. If you would like to join them, or perhaps twin with them click here to make that important contact.

Anne Blakeney has written a booklet - Embroideries in Chichester Cathedral. Many English Cathedrals - such as Wells, Salisbury, Winchester, Durham also have booklets on their textile collections and if you are unable to find a copy on Abebooks, then contact the Cathedral directly for help.

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