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Ladies’ heartfelt creations
Wednesday 31st October 2018 @ 14:41 by Mark Phillip

Fifteen cloth hearts have been lovingly cut out and stitched by members of the Glossop Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild as we edge ever closer to Remembrance Day.

They were made as part of a nationwide event organised by the Guild to commemorate the centenary of the ending of The Great War in 1918.

Each member was asked to stitch a large or small heart on felt in the standard red and blue colours of the armed services charity SSAFA, originally known as the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association.

“The idea was that each of the hearts depicted something that was personal to the stitcher,” branch chair Ann Cornes explained.  

“Who or what they chose to represent was up to them.  

“A wide range of subject matter and techniques were used to express feelings about war and its effects on families.”

Polly Emsley said: “I chose to knit some little socks. 

“It reminded me that during the war loved ones back home unravelled jumpers etc. in order to re-use the wool to knit socks for their menfolk to keep their feet warm while engaged in battle.”

Sue Conchie revealed: “My husband’s grandfather was at the battle of Jutland.

“It seemed appropriate to commemorate his service to his country.”

The reason behind horse-lover Judi Brown’s design was simple. 

“I wished to remember the eight million equines who, most obediently and most painfully, died in the war,” she said.

Nikki Parmenter summed up her choice of subject very simply: “I chose the dove as a symbol of love, hope and peace.”

The hearts are now being displayed at venues around the country. 

Glossop’s, together with others from branches across the North West of England, have recently been on show at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

After the exhibitions close, the majority of the hearts will be auctioned and the proceeds divided between SSAFA and the Embroiderers’ Guild.  

Hearts with special personal significance will be returned to the stitchers.

By David Jones