With the Banner completed, it was time to say goodbye to it, and hand it over to the client, the Northumbrian Association.
Marion Bridgewood, the Association's Vice-Chairman and the person who's arranged and coordinated the entire Banner project (I'm not the only person involved, by any means), and John Danby, the Chairman, came to collect it:
I'm pleased and relieved to say that they were very happy with it!
The Association commissioned the Banner for presentation to Durham Cathedral; it'll now be taken to the Cathedral for safe keeping, until it's dedicated on St Cuthbert's Day, 20 March 2012. All being well, after that it'll be on display in the Cathedral itself, but I think discussions are still going on about the arrangements.
In January, all the project team, plus members of the Association, the Banner's sponsor, and representatives of the Cathedral will get together to put the Banner, the carrying pole, and the silver bells and fittings together for the first time - I can't wait to see it!
I'm going to have a completely sewing-free break for a few days, but I'll return in the New Year with a special competition to celebrate finishing my work on the Banner, so look out for that.
Before then, have a fantastic festive season, whatever you celebrate, and however you celebrate it. See you next year!