St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild

Wednesdays
Noon – 3 p.m.
Fourth Sunday of the month
1 – 4 p.m.
Activity Center, Upper Hall East

St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild has undertaken an ambitious project for the Chancel area that is designed as a lasting gift of seat cushions and kneelers for clergy, lay Eucharist ministers, chalice bearers and lay readers to enjoy during services. Inspired by the stained glass windows in our church, there are a total of 63 canvases in the project that include 24 seat cushion tops, 24 boxing strips to border the cushions and 15 kneelers. The Guild welcomes stitchers of any skill level and teaches needlepoint from basic stitches to detailed and advanced work.

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The History of St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild

St. Clare’s was formed in 2008 to glorify God by bringing together stitchers of all ages and skill levels to beautify our Parish, support St. Martin’s Outreach programs and nurture the art of needlework in our members.

The Guild is named for Clare di Faverone (1193-1253) who was born into a wealthy family in the town of Assisi, Italy where she met and was inspired by St. Francis. At 18, Clare left her wealth behind to devote herself to prayer and service to others.  An invalid for the last 29 years of her life, she spent hours in bed stitching altar linens for the local churches.  Clare became the Patron Saint of Stitchers and many church needlework guilds are named after her.

2008 – 2011
Chrismons project began being stewarded by St. Clare’s in 2009. Today there are 93 Chrismons stitched by St. Clare’s and Saintly Stitchers to bring joy to the members of our Parish.

2008 – Present
Sale of needlepointed items stitched and finished by members at the Joy of Giving Market; proceeds of sales fund the Chancel and outreach projects. The Guild stitches and finishes approximately 150 new items for the sale each year.

2008 – 2014
Sew badges and patches on Yellowstone Academy Boy Scout shirts and sashes year round and also for Outreach Sunday.

2009 – 2011
The Nativity Set was stitched and finished for the Family Table worship service with the hope that the children of our Parish will enjoy carrying, holding and arranging the pieces while learning and experiencing the miracle and message of the birth of Christ, our Lord.

2009 – 2011
The Parish Hall Christmas Tree Skirt is a unique skirt with appliquéd needlepointed crosses stitched by St. Clare’s and Saintly Stitchers. It was given in 2011 to St. Martin’s as an expression of thankfulness for God’s love and for this wonderful Parish.

2009 – 2013
The Wedding Kneeler project began with delivery of the canvas in June 2009 and gifted to St. Martin’s in April 2013.  Stewarded by St. Clare’s, the Wedding Kneeler is a combined gift from Saintly Stitchers and St. Clare’s. This beautiful kneeler is a gift to the many couples as they embark on their lives together and in service to our Lord.

2009 – 2013
Child Advocate Christmas stockings were decorated for children selected by Child Advocates.

2010 – Present
The Chancel Project comprises 63 needlepointed pieces: 15 kneelers and 24 cushions with boxing strips. Phase I of the Chancel project defines the kneelers and cushions of the Lectern side pews. These are designed with symbols and liturgy from the Eucharist. Phase II is the Gospel side pew kneelers and cushions that have symbols and liturgy from the Nicene Creed in their designs. Scripture is stitched on the sides of the kneelers so that when the kneelers are stored, the words may still be read and reflected upon.

2012 – Present
The Guild stitches Christmas and Easter items to be sold in St. Martin’s Bookstore & Gift Shoppe, along with other seasonal items year round. The Guild stitches and finishes approximately 50 new pieces for sale each year.

2012 – 2015
Noah’s Ark is a gift from St. Clare’s to St. Martin’s in April 2015. The project comprises 34 needlepoint pieces: 32 animals, Noah and his wife. The hand-painted canvases stitched with a combination of silk, wool, cotton and metallic threads were completed by 25 ladies, some stitching two to three pieces. The finishing was done by five ladies from St. Clare’s.

The handcrafted wooden ark was commissioned by St. Clare’s and built by Dennis Holmes in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania. It is crafted of mahogany, using mahogany and cherry stains. The interior of the ark can house all the needlepointed pieces inside.

2013
Donations were made to the Joy of Giving Market.

2014
The Bagby Parish Hall Star Tree Topper project is a combined gift from Saintly Stitchers and St. Clare’s. The canvas design features a gold and white metallic design on the front of the star embellished with Swarovski crystal beads, and a gold fir and pine cone design on a white background on the gusset. The embroidered inscription on the back of the star reads, “Presented to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church by Saintly Stitchers and St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild, 2014.” Both Saintly Stitchers and St. Clare’s  hope that the Star Tree Topper will bring joy to St. Martin’s community by adorning the Bagby Parish Hall Christmas tree for many years to come.

Donations:
Sponsored a kneeler for Saintly Stitchers in honor of all St. Martins stitchers, Joy of Giving Market, Kids’ Meals and the Rev. Lacy Largent, Port of Houston Chaplain

Port of Houston Seafarer’s Center Auction: three standup lighthouses stitched and finished for the silent auction

2014 –2017
Designed, stitched, finished and sold Seafarers Anchor Cross Chrismons to benefit the ministry of the Rev. Lacy Largent, Camp Allen Spiritual Director and Port of Houston Chaplain

2015
Donations were made to Joy of Giving Market, Open Doors USA  and the Rev. Lacy Largent, Port of Houston Chaplain.

2016
Donations were made to Camp Allen, Christian Community Service Center, Gracewood , Episcopal Church Women, Joy of Giving Market , Kids’ Meals, Louisiana flood victims, Mission of Yahweh, Open Door Mission, the Rev. Lacy Largent and Yellowstone Academy.

A needlepoint finishing class was led at Camp Allen.

St. Clare’s filled and wrapped 250 boxes containing toiletries, souvenirs, and other items for men and women Seafarers who come to the Port of Houston. These boxes were distributed by the Port of Houston Chaplains at Christmas time.

Sandwiches were prepared monthly for Kids’ Meals.

Bishop’s Fall for the Bishop’s chair was completed and dedicated.

2017
Donations were made to the Women’s Home, Bo’s Place, Child Advocates, Casa De Esperanza, Covenant House and the Rev. Lacy Largent, Port of Houston Chaplain.

A needlepoint finishing class was led at Camp Allen.

Forty-four pastoral crosses were designed, stitched and finished before being blessed by clergy.  The crosses are given by Clergy to parishioners as they wish.

St. Clare’s filled and wrapped 250 boxes containing toiletries, souvenirs, and other items for men and women Seafarers who come to the Port of Houston. These boxes were distributed by the Port of Houston Chaplains at Christmas time.

Sandwiches were prepared monthly for Kids’ Meals.

St. Clare’s assisted other non-profit organizations with their needlepoint projects.

2018
Donations were made to Dan’s House of Hope, Camp for All 2U, Nora’s Home, Have Shears will Travel and Mission of Yahweh.  These funds are made possible by the St. Clare’s Joy of Giving Market sales.

St. Clare’s continued to stitch the Chancel project of kneelers and pew cushions.

Rice and beans were bagged for the Christian Community Service Center Pantry.

St. Clare’s participated in Outreach Sunday by filling 125 Christmas paper wrapped shoeboxes with items provided by St. Martin’s for the Seafarer’s Center at the Port of Houston.

St. Clare’s filled and wrapped 250 boxes containing toiletries, souvenirs, and other items for men and women Seafarers who come to the Port of Houston. These boxes were distributed by the Port of Houston Chaplains at Christmas time.

Outreach Program

Rice and Beans
Second Wednesday of the month
Noon – 1 p.m.
Activity Center, Upper Hall East
Join members of St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild as they bag rice and beans for the needy in Houston.