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'Fabric Bible' at Summertown United Reformed Church

The United Reformed Church's triptych
Image caption The three panelled triptych has 66 panels representing the books of the Bible

A panelled representation of the Bible is being offered to Oxfordshire faith groups to help them celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

Together, the 66 panels, one for each book of the Bible, measures 7ft (2.1m) high and 6ft (1.8m) wide.

The triptych was produced by 26 people over two years and features embroidery, applique, collage and silk painting.

The Reverend Pauline Main, from the Summertown United Reformed Church, said it had been a "wonderful" project.

The church's secretary Beryl Knotts added: "It occurred to me that it would be good if our people could try and portray the essence of each book of the Bible on an embroidery."

The team had expert help bringing her idea to fruition.

"We were very fortunate indeed to be led to the Oxford Cathedral Embroiders because their professional help has been absolutely invaluable to us," she said.

The piece will be based at the Summertown United Reformed Church with various other churches across the county booking it out for their own displays.

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