The Seffrid Guild was established in 1991 to undertake essential repairs to Cathedral textiles.
The Guild was named after Seffrid II, Bishop of Chichester from 1180 – 1204, who had the task of repairing the Cathedral after the fire of 1187.
Early tasks included the conservation of the Diocesan Cope, which can now be seen in the Cathedral Treasury, and creation of the panel hanging behind the Bishop’s throne, representing the Cathedral arms of Christ in Judgement.
The contemporary work of the Guild continues as the embroidery group for Chichester Cathedral. A variety of techniques are used, mainly canvas work, and completed work can be seen throughout the Cathedral. Recent work includes a set of 36 cushions for the Prebendal stalls in the choir and kneelers for the Lady Chapel and Shrine.
I love to see something that we have worked on gradually become part of the fabric of the Cathedral. This brings with it a sense of timelessness and a feeling of continuity with all those who have added their bit, whether in stone, wood, glass or textile, over the lifetime of the Cathedral.
- Susan Fletcher, Cathedral Volunteer and Leader of the Seffrid Guild
The Guild meet on Thursdays with about 24 members attending regularly, working for two hours in one of three shifts. If you are an enthusiastic embroiderer and would enjoy working to a high standard with others, or would like more information about the work of the Guild, then CLICK HERE.
Creative Canvas Workshop
Join Guild leader Susan Fletcher on Wednesday 18 March for a relaxing and enjoyable workshop using colourful textiles in the Cathedral as inspiration for design ideas, experimenting with paint to create a background and trying out different embroidery/sewing techniques to create a beautiful panel on canvas.