Sacred Threads gave a presentation during this morning’s service at our home church of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal (Saratoga, CA). Sacred Threads is a group of women and men who stitch intricate embroidery in service to the church. St. Andrew’s was founded in 1957 and over the years, groups like Sacred Threads have created kneelers and seat coverings to honor and brighten the sanctuary. Today, Sacred Threads donated a set of six portable kneelers designed to coordinate with those which already ring the altar rail. Each new kneeler was created to honor someone, including the three Rectors who have lead the church since it was founded: The Rev. Ray Strasburger, Rev. Ernest Cockrell, and Rev. Channing Smith. Ernest Cockrell was himself one of the Sacred Threads group and proudly told me that he stitched two of the kneelers. In her presentation, Carolyn Wilson said that the six kneelers required over half a million stitches to complete.
Photos by Katy Dickinson Copyright 2012