Author stitches together new book featuring incredible embroidery from Southam and Rugby
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A new book features incredible embroidery from Southam commissioned for a Rugby church.
Gillian Grute’s Heavenly Embroidery reveals the stories behind ten Roman Catholic sisters who fled Germany for Southam nearly 150 years ago.
The Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus were founded in 1844, and they devoted their lives to the education and care of disadvantaged children.
A convent was established in Wood Street, and shortly after, five sisters, who were trained embroiderers, set up a workroom which would help finance their work.
It was later said to have produced some of the most beautiful vestments in the world.
The work attracted commissions from notable families for use in abbeys, cathedrals, convents, and churches including at Southam and Rugby and Coventry.
Heavenly Embroidery, priced £14 99 (+ postage) can be obtained from Gracewing Publishers: www.gracewing.co.uk