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The Bishops Mitre 

The bishops Mitre was a Guild project to celebrate the Millennium, interested members of the Guild were asked to produce small pictures,

4x4" or 4x6" on a subject of their choice but in some way relating to Durham or the Millennium, historically or spiritually. in all 21 members contributed.

Reading from top to bottom & left to right the icons represent:

Miners Lamp.
Association of Guilds (badge)
Durham Cathdral.
Dove of Peace.
Durham Castle.
Eternity (Japanese symbol)
Dun Cow.
Last Supper.
St Cuthberts Birds.
Peacock.
Architectural details from the cathedral.
Cathedral Pillar designs.
Below the inkle woven braid.
Eternity.
Choir Boys.
St Cuthberts Cross.
Choir boys.
Dawn,Tapestry weaving.

The backing material was woven by Norma Butcher, the mitre was constructed by Geni Glatt with assistance from Cia Bosanquet.

Their husbands contributed to making the framework & enabling it to be folded when not on display. most times it is on display when demonstrating at shows.

The Guild Banner

Groups affiliated to our national body, the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers were all invited to mark its 50th Anniversary year, 2005, in whatever way was found to be appropriate and appealing.

Here at Durham, two of our enterprising members, Geni Glatt and Jen Campbell, put their heads together and came to a Guild meeting having prepared a set of 36 letters ready to be stitched. Volunteers were called for to embroider the letters in gold thread on a purple cloth ground, and when completed a banner would emerge, resplendent with our name, to identify us more clearly and help publicise our Guild when demonstrating at public events.
 
The bulk of the work was in the preparation and finishing. Geni and Jen had drafted 36 patterns with stitching instructions, basted canvas to 36 small pieces of purple cloth, and wound off gold thread in lengths long enough to complete each letter.
 
The finished cross-stitch letters were then returned to Geni, who somehow carefully peeled away the excess canvas from around the embroidery, hemmed each rectangle of cloth and mounted it all on more purple cloth. The banner was put in service almost immediately at a Guild Exhibition in Durham University Botanical Gardens.
St Oswalds Institute, Church Street
Durham City, Co Durham, DH1 3DQ
tel. Secretary 01388 817404
Contact: email: stoswalds@durhamguild.co.uk