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Month: September 2014

Vestments From Around the World

Ecclesiastical Sewing is a craft steeped in history and tradition. It is often relaxing to take a little break from working on vestments and Ecclesiastical Embroidery, to enjoy a visual feast for the eyes and to seek out information on vestments from around the world.  One way to see vestments and Ecclesiastical Embroidery from around the world is Pinterest. Pinterest has become a wonderful source for photos and images of Church Vestments. There are some stunning hand embroidered Ecclesiastical pieces being made in the countries of Russia and the Ukraine,… Read more Vestments From Around the World

The Beauty of the Art of Ecclesiastical Embroidery

Ecclesiastical Embroidery and the Ecclesiastical Vestments created from embroidery have a long history with the church. Workers, artisans, craftsmen, both men and women, professional embroiderers and laity, over countless millennium have added beauty to the church with the work of their hands by creating vestments and hangings for use in the worship service. Ecclesiastical Embroidery is a liturgical art form with a long and varied history. During the height of the period known as “Opus Anglicanum”  or “English Work”  which dates from the late 12th century to the 14th century,… Read more The Beauty of the Art of Ecclesiastical Embroidery

IHS Ecclesiastical Design First Stitches

There is nothing quite like the joy of taking the first stitches on a new embroidery project! There is a little thrill followed by a rush of excitement to get the stitching underway. First, one must test the stitching ideas to see if they will work out.   There is the hope that the colors will work together, the correct thread types are on hand, and nothing befalls the project in the way of a disaster, large or small, that will delay its completion.  There are a thousand thoughts that run through… Read more IHS Ecclesiastical Design First Stitches

Wash on Friday, Iron on Saturday

Washing and Ironing. Two words I usually Do Not Enjoy, especially when put together. I used to iron everything years ago, the way my mother taught me, and her mother before her…but then life got busy. Now, ironing is a reserved activity for something truly special: the mens’ suits, daughter’s dresses, and my above the normal clothes. As the events of the past two days turn out, there was a special reason to be ironing. The reason? Ecclesiastical Linen. That’s right. Linen. Linen is the reason for doing the laundry today.… Read more Wash on Friday, Iron on Saturday