Kneeling Pillows in the Churches of the Cotswolds

“Each embroiderer chose his or her design… [from] flowers and wildlife… [to] church festivals and Christian symbols. Our aim was to create something of lasting worth for our church. We hope that those who come to worship here, or just to visit, feel that we have achieved this.” – Cranham Church Kneelers

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Sheep

I adored the creative embroidery and needlework of the kneeling pillows in the churches of the Cotswolds. The pillows included not only religious symbols, events, and holidays, but also a variety of other subjects.

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows The Last Supper

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Angels

Kneeling pillows are used for prayer, weddings, and remembrances. The back the kneeling pillows usually listed the person who created the handmade piece, when it was created, and who the pillow is dedicated to.

Other subjects included flowers and nature:

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Flowers

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Flowers

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Flowers

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Flowers

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Wheat

Designs and patterns:

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Designs

Birds:

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Heron

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Quail

Wildlife:

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Fox

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Squirrel

The churches themselves:

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Church Coln St Dennis

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Painswick Church

Scenes of ships and snow and sailboats:

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Sailboat

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Ships and Snow

And of course, the sheep that the Cotswolds are famous for:

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Sheep

Sweet Travels!

For other blogs from my Cotswolds travels, please visit my Cotswolds England category.
Commonalities between the Cotswolds and the Camino de Santiago
Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds - The Churches

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