Heritage and ecclesiastical Commissions
The Great Tower would have been furnished with a huge number of colourful textiles, many of which would have moved around with the king and his court. We needed to commission an enormous number – 48 – cushions from Fine Cell Work, which had to be made using medieval designs and 12th century stitches such as stem stitch. Fine Cell Work has been truly impressive in the quality of its work and its attention to detail”. DOVER castle employee
In 2009 Fine Cell Work worked alongside English Heritage on the restoration of the Great Tower at Dover Castle. We embroidered 48 cushions in traditional techniques working alongside their team of historians and recreate these historically accurate pieces to a tight schedule .
We have also completed fascinating projects with the Historic Royal Palaces; working with their designers and outreach team to produce 8 cushions for the 'Love Room' at the newly restored Kensington Palace and 4 embroidered samplers for the recent restoration of Queen Charlottes Cottage at Kew Gardens.
Fine Cell Work has also done a number of large scale kneeler projects for churches across the UK and in the US. These types of projects are equally rewarding for prisoners and the church alike. Members of the congregation respond positively to the unique social mission of Fine Cell Work which they can fundraise for, alongside the opportunity to give a new lease of life to a church interior.
‘We at St. Peter's Church in Hammersmith are overwhelmed by the fantastic work you have done for us in embroidering kneelers for our church. Without exception the quality of the work is outstanding and the care and love which has gone into them is apparent". Revd. Cannon John Record
Kneelers from Fine Cell Work also offer the opportunity for individual members of the congregation to commission a personal gift for their church and are often chosen to commemorate special events or in memory of others.
Fine Cell Work has also been commissioned to make altar cloths, vestments and commemorative hangings for a number of churches.