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Heavenly Embroidery


19 in stock

A gift of art prints by A.W.N. Pugin to the Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus in Aachen (Aix-La-Chapelle) led to the unexpected rise of the Congregation's embroidery workroom. Founded in 1844 by Clara Fey, who was beatified in 2018, the sisters were devoted to the education and care of disadvantaged children. Exiled from Germany under Bismarck's 'Kulturkampf', the Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus then established twelve houses elsewhere. In 1876, ten sisters arrived at the small market town of Southam, in Warwickshire. Not everyone welcomed their presence but many became grateful for their orphanage, children's home, and school. They were later joined by five embroiderers who set up the workroom there which was to attract major commissions for many of the greatest cathedrals, abbeys, and parish churches across the country. 'Heavenly Embroidery' reveals the stories behind these and other smaller commissions, of their patrons and those lucky enough to receive such unique work.

Paperback:160 pages
27.5cm x 21.5cm