Needlework of the women of Beadnell expresses beliefs

St Ebba's, Beadnell, North East Christianity in Needlework
St Ebba's, Beadnell, North East Christianity in Needlework

A booklet which illustrates North East Christianity with needlework has been published.

Entitled St Ebba’s, Beadnell, the work has been created by Vincent Fox, a retired teacher of philosophy and religious studies, who lives in the North East.

It shows how the women of the small parish of Beadnell express their beliefs through needlework, sewing kneelers and seat cushions.

But at the same time they maintain links with 13 centuries of Christian tradition in the region.

The book goes into brief detail about Christianity in the North East before presenting pages of pictures of the needlework that has been created by the women in Beadnell.

It is split up into seven main sections: Local scenes and local saints; The sea: Source of life and danger; The cross; The Bible; Christian tradition; Royal connections; Christian symbols and God’s creation and ‘and finally’ page.

Each piece of work is also described and its references noted.

It provides a great insight into the area’s Christianity.

It is available to buy on Amazon as a booklet and Kindle ebook priced at £3.49.