Stories in Stitches II

STORIES in STITCHES II

Quilts, Hooked Rugs and Needlecraft at St. Paul’s church, Charlottetown - September 29 to October 3

‘Stories in Stitches’ is a major fabric-and-fibre exhibition with a stunning mode of display. It will run from September 29th to October 3rd -- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 4:00, and from 10:00 until 7:00 on Friday and till 5:00 on Saturday. The scene is St. Paul’s church in downtown Charlottetown (Grafton Street between Church and Prince). It will be easy to find: just look for the car parked on the lawn -- covered in a tailor-made quilt!

The show appeals with glorious splashes of crafted colour in the warmth of magnificent woodwork. It’s big: there will be hundreds of needled and fibre/fabric creations -- quilts, hooked rugs, cross-stitch, Swedish embroidery and more. Most of the pieces will be draped over the pews; others will hang from the communion rail and maple columns. Smaller framed items will stand on the sills of the brilliant stained-glass windows.

Many well-known crafters have registered works to put in the show. Many pieces are ‘Viewers Choice’ and other award-winners; others have appeared in books and magazines. Styles range from antique to modernistic. There will be Jane Stickle and Phoebe quilts. A special attraction is the quilt which pays tribute to Samuel Holland’s mapping of Prince Edward Island 250 years ago.

The show will also feature daily demonstrations by some outstanding rug-hooking and quilting artisans. As well, there’ll be a simple quilt-in-progress -- a sample on which visitors can try their hand. “Come stitch with us!” is the pitch.

It’s not a sale, but some presenters will be open to subsequent purchase of their works. Items for sale will be marked and show contact data. All items will be labelled with information about the history, intent and technique of the work. “There’s usually a story about why a person made a quilt, rug or other craft creation,” says the curator, Carol Macdonald. “Hence the show’s title: ‘Stories in Stitches’.”

St. Paul’s Anglican church is a special place. A crowning gem in the line of Harris churches, it is warmed by the rich woodwork of groined ceilings. Every design detail contributes to clarity of sound; that’s why it is the venue for the Jazz and Blues Festival, chamber orchestras, piano and organ recitals, even an opera. The church’s beauty and acoustics will be on display along with the quilts and rugs, as gentle music plays in the background.

“What a delightful way to spend an hour,” says Macdonald. “This is a feast for the eyes, ears and even the soul.” Admission is a contribution of $5, at the door, with proceeds to support social-justice and other ministries.

Information is available from the St. Paul’s office -- 902-892-1691 (alternative 902-367-1195) -- and on the church website (www.stpaulschurch.ca).



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