Lucy has designs on new centrepiece at Cathedral

Lucy Deady,  a graduate of the Costume Design and Construction degree course at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, with her alter cloth.

Lucy Deady, a graduate of the Costume Design and Construction degree course at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, with her alter cloth.

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A graduate from Leyland has designed and constructed a new altar frontal for a tiny ancient chapel located in Edinburgh Castle.

Lucy Deady, who studied a Costume Design and Construction degree course at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, created the new altar frontal to interchange with the original one that has been damaged by mice.

The 24 year old former Balshaw’s High School pupil was commissioned in September to develop a fitting design by St Margaret’s Chapel Guild, the organisation which cares for the 12th century chapel.

Lucy said: “I worked very closely with members of the Guild to ensure that I understood their needs and reflected this within the new design of the altar frontal.

“I have a passion for machine embroidery and I thought this project offered me a wonderful opportunity to develop a modern design, different to the current cloth but also in keeping with the historical chapel.

“It has been a challenging project but one which I am extremely proud of and which I have really enjoyed working on.”

The 100cm by 70cm design includes various elements which reflect key themes. The boat signifies the gift of the ferry which Queen Margaret provided to offer safe passage for pilgrims, and daisies are featured as the name Margaret comes from a daisy like flower called a Marguerite. The Guild also wanted to include a Celtic pattern and cross – these link to Scotland and the Chapel, and waves, which feature in the main design and as a trim, are representative of Margaret’s journey from her original home in Hungary to Scotland.

The new altar frontal was unveiled at a ceremony in St Margaret Chapel on June 15.