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Norfolk: craft group in tribute to war hero

Sew Spiritual, a group of women in Norfolk who explore their faith through sewing, are exhibiting the quilts they have created to commemorate the 100 years since the execution of first world war nurse and hero Edith Cavell …

Sew Spiritual, a group of women in Norfolk who explore their faith through sewing, are exhibiting the quilts they have created to commemorate the 100 years since the execution of first world war nurse and hero Edith Cavell …

The group of women from various Christian traditions have joined together to explore their faith by interpreting the scriptures through the medium of textiles to create quilts. Carol Woodward, a member of the group said, "We share our knowledge, skills, and experiences of our faith journeys. We aim to encourage each other by keeping in touch by email and occasionally meeting together.

"Each year we focus on a different theme and then exhibit the quilts as a way of sharing our faith with those who visit the exhibitions."

In 2012, during a meeting in the home of Jan Miller, one of the Sew Spiritual members, the group were asked to take part in the 100th anniversary commemorations of the execution of Edith Cavell in Belgium during the First World War. Edith, born near Norwich, is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers on both sides of the conflict, and helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium.

During her lifetime Edith was greatly influenced by the book The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, annotating various passages in her copy, whilst in prison awaiting trial and execution. Carol said, "Our quilts depict our own thoughts and reflections on the passages that Edith annotated, whilst bearing in mind her own situation at that time in prison."

The exhibition is Sew Spiritual’s contribution to the Norwich and Norfolk commemoration of Edith Cavell’s death will be in Stephen’s Church, Norwich 2 -18 October 2015 and is dedicated to memory of Jan Miller.

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