Location: St. John’s Cathedral, 373 Ann St
Date of Visit: 14. September 2012
Practical Info: It’s free, 5 dollar donation suggested. Open Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm, Sunday 11am – 4.30pm. You can’t miss it: big fat building on Ann street. There is currently a lot of building work going on around the street but the cathedral is still open for business.
Info about the building: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_John’s_Cathedral_(Brisbane)
After making sure we weren’t gate crashing a funeral, the first thing that struck us on entering the cathedral was that it was so light, airy and new. Once again we were extremely lucky to meet an enthusiastic and knowledgable volunteer who was able to show us about and point out lots of interesting elements that we may have missed, so a big thank you to Rod! It was great to see how the cathedral has evolved and adapted to the community around it in the course of it’s 100+ years. The different styles and fashions of the decades are reflected in everything from the pew cushions to the architecure, and the stained glass windows are used to with great effect to reflect the cultures of the local area and communities.
In the chapel area there is an amazing set of chair cushions depicting a modern (and very Australian!) interpreatation of the Nativity. Rod informed us that this is the only portrayal of naked Virgin Mary you will find in a cathedral.
Stained Glass Window commemorating the Australian and American efforts and friendship during WWII.
It was clear from the moment we set eyes on the cushions that we had to do a similar craft. There are two options to achieve cushions like this: weaving or embroidery. We will try embroidery because neither of us has a loom for weaving. To make a cushion for a chair will probably take us much longer then knitting baby hats. This will be a longer term craft project. We found a great website to make your own patterns:
One of the knights will definitely embroider an Australian theme as found in the cathedral while the other knight is still searching for inspiration…