Project kneeler: Needlework beautifies Arkansas cathedral

October 24, 2008

Fingers are busy at the cathedral and in congregations throughout the Diocese of Arkansas.

In a project designed to encourage a deeper relationship between each church, Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock, Arkansas, has launched "Project Kneeler."

"We are stitching new needlepoint kneelers for the cathedral," said Rebecca Hubener of the cathedral's Needlepoint Guild, "and engaging each of the congregations to help us by sponsoring one kneeler that will honor that church."

She said the cathedral has made good progress to date in its ambitious project to create 504 kneelers, 49 of which are now completed and hang on the backs of pews along the center aisle. More than 40 volunteer stitchers and others in parishes that are committed to the project are working on 77 more.

As parishes have made a commitment to the project, Hubener said, the cathedral guild has also benefited by gaining new stitchers from smaller communities across the state -- such as Hot Springs Village, Fort Smith, El Dorado, Mt. Home, Helena and Batesville.

The guild encourages new stitchers by providing practice kits to individuals before they undertake the major project of a kneeler, Hubener said.

Guild members are working currently on 71 kneelers for the south transept that will incorporate the design of the stained glass window in that place. Other stitchers are working on kneelers for the bishops, deans and officers -- as well as a series of kneelers with angels.

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