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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Sister displays crocheted nativity scene

  • Sister Mary Helen Richstatter doesn’t crochet anymore because her hands are no longer able.
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  • Sister Mary Helen Richstatter doesn’t crochet anymore because her hands are no longer able.
    But before the Sister of Charity was forced to give up crocheting, she created a nativity scene.
    “After I first made it, I didn’t know what to do with it,” she said.
    So she kept the 18-piece set stashed away in a box. She later began putting it on display at Christmastime in the recreation room of the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.
    This year, she’s put it on display in the dining area of Ross Hall, which she said is the nursing home wing for the Mother House.
    Richstatter, 89, said she worked on the nativity scene pieces as she took follow nuns to doctor appointments. She said she probably worked on the nativity scene for about two years.
    She finished them about six or seven years ago.
    “They were kind of fun, and they were a real conversation piece,” she said of the crocheted figures.
    Richstatter said her favorite piece in the set is a camel. But she said working on the camel nearly drove her crazy by the time she put fringe on it.
    She created the nativity scene from a pattern.

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