The Pilgrim Embroiderers

The Pilgrim Embroiderers is a small group of dedicated needle workers based in Retford, Nottinghamshire.

At present, the group is producing five embroideries depicting the churches and congregations of Babworth, Scrooby, Austerfield, Sturton le Steeple and St Swithun’s, Retford, during the early days of the Separatist movement in and around Retford.

It is planned for the works to be completed by the end of 2019 in time for display during the Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020.

Embroiderers at work in Babworth Church

The embroideries have been designed by Jenny King to include depictions and text about the church leaders and local young villagers, many of whom will have travelled to America as Mayflower Pilgrims in 1620.

The embroideries are worked on specially woven woollen cloth using woollen threads, and will be approximately 90cm x 70cm when framed.

BCH Chair Rick Brand with Cllr Helen Richards and the Pilgrim Embroiderers at Babworth Church

The works are being donated to the respective churches once completed, and therefore need to be appropriately stretched and framed. BCH have been supporting the fundraising for the framing, which will cost around £1,000.

If you’d like to make a donation to help towards the costs of framing, please get in touch. BCH would like to thank Bassetlaw District Councillor Helen Richards for her donation to the project.

Embroiderers working in Spencer’s on the Square, Retford