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Gallery: Salisbury Cathedral Te Deum Altar frontal
The Te Deum frontal was made by a local Salisbury lady, (Jane Morris Weigall), and her daughter (Mrs Aldworth) at the end of the 19th century to a design by the architect Sidney G Parry. At 12' long it is a spectacular piece embroidered in silk floss and gold with semi-precious stones, using a variety of stitches. With its nine panels depicting Apostles, Saints and Prophets either side of Christ throned in Majesty, it really is a feast for the eyes.
The Royal School of Needlework studio have been conserving the frontal by applying protective net to areas where the stitches have worn away. In consultation with Salisbury Cathedral we have replaced some areas of silk floss in the background and edges but not on any of the figures. A new stretcher frame has been constructed and the frontal has been mounted onto it. For future protections, we have applied a leather strip along the bottom edge to prevent wear, and webbing 'handles' with which to lift and carry the frontal.
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