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Art & Craft: Saint Catherine’s Wheel

I want to celebrate the legend of a skilled, courageous woman who trusted in her God more than in the power of man. 

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Texts & Textiles: Saint Anselm of Canterbury

AWAKE, I beseech thee, O my soul, and let the fire of a heavenly love be kindled in thy heart, and wisely consider the beauty which Thy Lord God hath bestowed upon thee, and in considering love it, and in loving do it reverence with the service of a holy conversation. For doth not He… Continue reading Texts & Textiles: Saint Anselm of Canterbury

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Texts & Textiles: Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland

The merchants that came from all lands, bringing their wares at the bidding of the Queen, found the people eager and willing to buy. […] ‘But why,’ asked the Queen, 'should we buy foreign wares? Why not weave these softer fairer stuffs ourselves?’ 'The people know not the art of weaving such stuffs,’ replied her… Continue reading Texts & Textiles: Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland