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Needlepoint Kneeling Cushions

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The following is the article that was published in the October 1979 edition of the Trinity Parish at the time of the dedication of the needlepoint kneeling cushions:

"Needlepoint Cushions
to Be Dedicated
on October 7

   After five years of planning and work, a dream of Trinity's former Pastor Matthew L. Winters to have needlepoint cushions at the chancel rail is ready for dedication on October 7th at the 11:00 o'clock service.

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   A committee consisting of Joan Conrad, Dave Bollinger, Allan Hull, Dorothy Ferrand and Gloria Hassman was established to work on this project early in 1976.  This committee with the help of Carlton Gross from the Ecclesiastical Arts Department of Fortress Church Supply Store, Philadelphia and Sue Peterson from the Studio of Interior Design in Camp Hill worked out the designs for the cushions.

   These designs were then given to Mrs. Emery Smith, a consultant and needlepoint expert at the National Cathedral in Washington.  Mrs. Smith and an artist from the cathedral hand painted the designs in oil onto the canvasses.

   Mrs. Smith, who is in her mid-eighties, then helped the committee select the colors of the yarn used.  She then ordered the wool yarns from England.  In March of 1978 Mrs. Smith came to Camp Hill with the painted canvasses to instruct our local needlepoint workers.

   Each altar cushion has a different symbol in the center.  The symbols represent Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost.  All the cushions have grape leaves, grapes and a sheaf of wheat on either side of the symbol.  The background on each is red.  The cushions were done by Mrs. Elizabeth Cornman, Mrs. Eleanor R. Shedlosky, Mrs. Doris Trullinger, Mrs. Martha Hempt, and Mrs. Claire Messimer.

   The two altar chair cushions have also been needlepointed.  these have the Seal of Martin Luther in the center with the background done in red.  Mrs. Alan Hassman, Mrs. Alan Wells and Mrs. Glen Burgart needlepointed the altar seats.

  The Prayer Desk cushion, our kneeling bench, has gold wedding bands on either side of a gold and red flame.  The bands represent weddings and the flame represents confirmation - the two primary functions of the prayer desk.  The background of the Prayer Desk is in pale blue.  The needlepointing of this cushion was done by Mrs. Dorothy Farrand. 

  When the needlepointing was completed this past June it was sent to Mr. Kutner from Richmond, Virginia for upholstering.  This same man does the upholstery work for the National Cathedral in Washington.

  We would like to thank everyone who has supported this project especially the needlepointers and the patrons of the project.  God's blessings."

 
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