St. Patrick's Church Patterdale
Embroidered Panels by Ann Macbeth
Ann Macbeth, a renowned embroiderer and teacher at Glasgow School of Art, moved to Patterdale in 1921.
She made two religious panels that have Patterdale in their background. The first, The Good Shepherd, hangs in St. Patrick's Church. It depicts Christ as a shepherd, with the fells, village, sheep and wild flowers of Patterdale in the background. It is sewn in silk and wool which she dyed at her cottage in Patterdale. It is said that she re-worked one of the lamb’s faces because a local boy did not like the first attempt.
The second panel, The Nativity, shows the infant Jesus in a cradle with the Virgin Mary and the Angel Gabriel against a backdrop which is clearly the village of Patterdale. Macbeth was inspired by a tiny manger that she had found in a derelict barn in the valley. A copy of this work is displayed in the church.
St Patrick’s also houses a panel depicting a bright bowl of flowers sewn for the Gordon family and a beautiful panel on silk with flowers and doves which states “Peace when thou comest, and when thou goest, may thy footsteps echo peace.”