Reader finishes Last Supper artwork

A BIG-hearted Gazette reader has delighted an elderly Barnstaple couple by finishing an embroidery masterpiece that had lain unfinished for nearly 10 years. Hilda Jeffery, 73, was unable to finish a three-feet piece of punch embroidery depicting the Last

A BIG-hearted Gazette reader has delighted an elderly Barnstaple couple by finishing an embroidery masterpiece that had lain unfinished for nearly 10 years.

Hilda Jeffery, 73, was unable to finish a three-feet piece of punch embroidery depicting the Last Supper after suffering a stroke. Almost overnight, the condition - and the gradual onset of Parkinson's disease - robbed her of her ability to undertake the complicated and intricate hobby she had enjoyed since she was a young girl.

But following an appeal in the Gazette in November 2007, a kind Bideford reader - who asked to remain anonymous - took up the challenge to finish the piece.

The keen cross-stitcher had never tried punch embroidery - also known as thread painting - before, but soon learned the technique.

"It's a little like painting by numbers, but with thread," she said.

"I really enjoyed doing it. Hilda and Arthur are a lovely couple. I visited them three or four times and it was a pleasure to do it for them."

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The finished piece will now take pride of place on the couple's living room wall at their home in Gorwell.

"It looks fantastic, we couldn't believe it when we saw it finished for the first time," said Hilda.

"We're so grateful to the Gazette and this kind lady for helping us to get it finished," added Arthur.

"We're going to get it framed and put it up alongside the pieces Hilda finished before her illness.

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