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Month: August 2014

Summer Travels and Unexpected Surprises!

Summer vacation this year meant a road trip to Montana, for the Ecclesiastical Sewing family.  The drive is long, and there is often not much to see from Minnesota, across North Dakota and through Eastern Montana.  The further west we traveled, the more the surprises started to pop up. In over  25 years of traveling between these states, I had yet to ever see Eastern Montana in any state except various shades of browns and golds, or white with snow. This year was a shocking surprise. Eastern Montana was Beautiful! It… Read more Summer Travels and Unexpected Surprises!

A Quick Tidy Up

Moving from one project to another in Ecclesiastical Sewing and Ecclesiastical Embroidery often involves doing various amounts of research and reading.  One of the major problems with this in the past was organization. Over the years, I have been able to develop a nice reference library on the topics of Design and Sewing, and most recently, I have been adding Ecclesiastical works to the collection. When something comes up, the most challenging part has been, where to find the needed book for reference.  There was no specific area devoted to… Read more A Quick Tidy Up

Weekend Reading and Musing

Last week, I mentioned receiving several new books relating to the topics of Ecclesiastical Sewing and Ecclesiastical Embroidery, or Church Embroidery.  In case you missed the article, you can check it out the post New Books, New Information. I was sharing information about a book entitled Design for Church Embroidery by R.A. Alethea Wiel.  The book, available online through Google Books, is a resource book of embroidery pattern designs for various vestment and altar furnishings such as chalice veils, pulpit falls, and altar frontals. While flipping through the pages and reading… Read more Weekend Reading and Musing

Goldwork and Meandering Thoughts

A small amount of stitching has been added to the Easter Set Pulpit Fall.  The amount is almost not worth mentioning at this point, expect for the fact that it is a stitching technique that I have never tried, but have often admired in the works of others. I have read about the various versions of the Italian Stitch as I talked about last week here: https://ecclesiasticalsewing.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/sources-of-inspiration-from-lucy-mackrille/ The biggest challenge I find with Ecclesiastical Sewing and Ecclesiastical Embroidery is fear.  Fear that what I try may not turn out well enough… Read more Goldwork and Meandering Thoughts

Pouncing with the Blues

Everything is out and ready to transfer the Ecclesiastical Embroidery patterns for the trial run.  Yesterday, I showed you the new transfer products that were purchased while traveling over the summer.  Today is the day. It is time to test them out and see how they work  on white fabrics.  The goal is to have something that will show up with a clean, crisp line that is visible when stitching, but….. and this is the big part.  It must not leave residue on the white floss and must be able… Read more Pouncing with the Blues

Trial Run at Marking for Whitework

A few weeks back, I posted about a special Sunday at church and some concerns with the Sacristy.  The problem that was happening is that small linens such as Purificators are taken home to be laundered.  They depart the Sacristy in a ziplock bag, get forgotten, and when finally remembered, disaster has struck.  The wine stains have mildewed and the Purificators are never returned.  There is an effort afoot, I hope, to start soaking and laundering the small linens at church to avoid this disaster.  As the altar guild works… Read more Trial Run at Marking for Whitework

Underway with Glitters of Gold

Now that the initial task of getting the Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design for the Easter Set Pulpit fall has been accomplished and the laid threads of the Italian stitch seem to suit the area selected, it is time for the next experiment in stitching.  I am pretty confident this should work, but there are a few things still to consider.   For instance, which of the gold threads in the drawer are best suited for this stitching?  The area is rather small, so the gold thread to be used for couching the… Read more Underway with Glitters of Gold

From Inspiration Source to Stitching

Putting inspiration into action is often a difficult thing when it comes to starting a new Ecclesiastical Embroidery project, especially if it is a little larger hand embroidery project. A larger hand embroidery project can entail size, technique, design complexity of the embroidery pattern, and many more concerns.  Taking those first stitches, however, and having them look well is a thrill! Over the past week or so, I have been writing about the Easter Set Pulpit fall, the steps taken to get that framed up, and the design transferred using the… Read more From Inspiration Source to Stitching

Sources of Inspiration from Lucy Mackrille

Where does inspiration come from when it comes to choosing stitches for current projects? There is a vision of the final project for the Easter Set in my mind, but getting there will be an experiment.  Experimenting while stitching along.  Yes, this Ecclesiastical Embroidery Easter Set project is experimental. The good news is that there are certain features that I have seen and admired from the beautiful hand embroidery works of others.  And so, for now, it is helpful to follow along with the advice and inspiration which comes from… Read more Sources of Inspiration from Lucy Mackrille

New Books, New Information

New books are always a treat.  Yesterday, there were several new Ecclesiastical Embroidery books waiting, in their quaint wrappings, for me when I got home from work.  There is always a thrill of excitement and anticipation awaiting the opening of the box, removal of wrappings and taking that first peak and flip through of the pages. So last night, there were four books on the counter.  I would like to share a tidbit of one of them with you.  The book is entitled Design for Church Embroidery by R.A., Althea… Read more New Books, New Information

Under Way with First Stitches!

Sometimes it is difficult to take the plunge and take those first stitches on a new Ecclesiastical Embroidery project.  I have had my embroidery floss out, and have contemplated color selections. Since this is a rather big project, and I really want it to turn out well, there are a few embroidery techniques that I really like and plan on using. There are also a few favorites that will give the  effect that will suit the occasion and purpose of this piece.  So here goes, the first thread is selected… Read more Under Way with First Stitches!

Paper Matters

The other day, I posted about framing up my next Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design for the Easter Set pulpit fall https://ecclesiasticalsewing.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/all-framed-up-and-ready-to-stitch/ And I have to confess. The pouncing did not go as well as it usually does because of the error that happened at the printers.  Paper Matters. Let me explain. As I had mentioned before, the design for the pulpit fall came from a very old embroidery book.  I blew the Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design up on the copier, and used my home-made light box to retrace the design.  I had a… Read more Paper Matters

Surplice Directions in the works

A dear friend has issued a challenge. That challenge is to create clear and easy step by step instructions for sewing a square-yoke surplice.  Today, I took her at her word, and went to work.  I have several very old, as in 19th century old, vestment books which are dear to my heart.  Those were pulled out and the studying began.  The square-yoke surplice has a two-piece yoke.  Following some old technical drawings, it did not take long to have a pattern drafted up.  That was the easy part.  It… Read more Surplice Directions in the works

White Garment for Holy Baptism

Today we celebrated Holy Baptism for an infant girl in our congregation.  As part of the Order of Holy Baptism, the Pastor places a white garment on the child signifying putting on the Holiness of Christ.   This is a rather simple little item to make up.  It consists of a front and back piece, with a tiny neckline curved for front and back.  One shoulder seam is sewn, the other has snaps.  On the front of the garment, an appropriate design such as a cross or a shell may… Read more White Garment for Holy Baptism

All framed up and ready to stitch

Yesterday, I showed you the framing of my next hand embroidery project.  It is the Ecclesiastical Embroidery design for the  Pulpit fall for the new Easter Set.  The Ecclesiastical Embroidery design features a cross in the center of a circle. The bars on the cross have detailed floral motifs.  At the center of the cross is a Chi-Rho with an Alpha and Omega on either side in a modified quatrefoil  design.  There are some lovely lilies in the corners between the bars of the cross.   This is a design… Read more All framed up and ready to stitch