Saintly Stitchers

The men and women of Saintly Stitchers are filling St. Martin’s with beautiful needlepointed pew kneelers, a prie-dieu cushion for the Patron’s Chapel, and acolyte pew kneelers. Many kneelers are complete and more are in progress. Each pew kneeler bears a quotation from scripture taken from the stained glass windows. Our needlepoint is funded only by donations. Kneeler sponsors choose an honoree whose initials are stitched on the back edge of the kneeler. Sponsor a kneeler or join us to stitch, whether expert or novice. Stitchers meet Mondays 10 a.m.–noon in Payne Education Center, Room 210/212 and the first Tuesday evening of the month in a member’s home.

For more information, contact Katwana Coleman at 713-830-4110 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.  

The Saintly Stitchers 1975 – Today

1975 – 1994
Old Church kneelers for the chancel, altar, nave and balcony; six pairs of priest pillows; 14 communion pillows; two acolyte benches; and four kneelers for priests in the pulpit

1975 – 1977
Chapel: two small chancel kneelers, seven altar kneelers, 48 seat cushions and 24 pew kneelers; dedication of the seat cushions and kneelers on September 4, 1977

1980 – 1995
Five nativity creches given to the Old Church, St. Martin’s Children’s Chapel, President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush, Washington National Cathedral and Camp Allen

1988 – 1991
Hundreds of ornaments for the 1991 White House Christmas tree as gifts to President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush

1989 – 1991
Noah’s ark with 45 pairs of animals, village buildings, and Noah, wife and sons as gifts to President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush

White altar and pew kneelers for the Bishop’s chapel at the Diocese of Texas

1995– 2014
Christmas stockings decorated for Child Advocates’ Christmas party for children

1996 – 1997
Needlepointed for Outreach: three kings to the Houston Museum of Natural Science; 51 dolls from many countries for Ronald McDonald House; yarn and craft kits to MD Anderson Cancer Center; and three crosses to the Seaman’s Chapel

Donated to the Episcopal Church Women of St. Martin’s Joy of Giving Market: three kings; wreath with 12 Santas from around the world; and other items through the years

Reserved signs for pews for weddings and funerals in the Old Church, stoles for the priests and liners for alms basins in the Old Church

2002 – 2004
Altar kneelers for The Church

2003 – 2014
Bagby Parish Hall Christmas tree Chrismons and tree skirt project with St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild

Bookmakers for Daughters of the King

2009 – 2013
Wedding kneeler in The Church with St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild

2010 – 2018
Blessing and dedication of 41 pew kneelers installed in The Church on Sunday, November 11, 2012; 58 more kneelers in progress