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Sewing the Sower

Sewing the Sower

A creative lockdown project has seen the creation of an amazing stitched embroidery reproduction of The Cathedral’s Parable of the Sower window.

Fola is a student at the Royal School of Needlework, and the embroidery will form part of her diploma, but her love for sewing dates back to childhood, when as a little girls she would help her Seamstress Grandma sew buttons to garments she had made for her customers.

However, it was during the Covid lockdowns – while dealing with debilitating back pain – that embroidery became a saving grace for Fola by providing a creative distraction during a dark time.

Fola said: ‘I especially love working with bright colours. They make me feel happy. The bright reds, yellows, greens, blues, oranges, and pinks are my go to colours when I am in my creative mode. It gave me a sense of purpose and a huge sense of achievement whenever I turn a simple string of wool into something beautiful and useful, which can put a smile on someone’s face.’

Coming out of the first lockdown, the Cathedral was one of the first places Fola visited, where she was amazed by the vivid colours of our stained glass collection, and inspired to recreate The Sower window.

It was a challenging project to fit the different stiches to complex shapes of the window, but Fola knew she could do it!

Once completing the project, Fola said: ‘I thank God for this gift he gave me – especially at a time when things were really bad for me. I am grateful for the wonderful people I have met along the way, and the strength he has given me to bear my burden with creativity, dignity and Grace.’

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