Remembering JAD

Posted by Berkhamsted Admin on 18 Jan 2023

Modified by Berkhamsted Admin on 11 May 2023

Kneeler to celebrate John’s years of service as Church Warden

In February last year, I received a request from a parishioner in Pulborough. The lady, a friend of John ‘JAD’ Davison had been tasked with making and embroidering a kneeler to celebrate John’s years of service as Church Warden. The idea was to incorporate into the design a connection to the school and was I able to help in any way? I thought a representation of the school crest might fit the bill but trying to get a format that would translate to embroidery skills wasn’t so easy.

First attempt, with a rugby colours blazer badge, loaned by Mr Horton, was scanned and with the help of a magic gunk called Image Maker, transferred onto a piece of cross stitch fabric.

Unfortunately, this proved too tough a material to work with.

Pure luck then played its part. Whilst sorting through a bag of old uniform, I came across three colours badges which had been roughly cut from the body of a blazer(s). We already held examples of the awards in the collection and with a duplicate design as part of the found three, I thought the soft material might suit the embroiderer’s needs. The badge was posted to Pulborough; where it was cut, edged and incorporated into the design and the photo above, received this week, shows the beautifully completed kneeler.


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