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Month: November 2014

Vestment History from Around the Web

As the Thanksgiving Weekend comes to an end, its time to relax a bit and see what is going on in the history of vestment making, Ecclesiastical Sewing and Hand Embroidery.  Over on Pinterest, there was an interesting church vestment link in the daily feed. Every once in a while, the link has an interesting photo, and the description entices the reader to click and learn more. You know how things work on Pinterest, one click and off you go to something else.  The next stop was Flickr and the… Read more Vestment History from Around the Web

Metropolitan Museum of Art Digital Initiative

Thank goodness for the Internet.  With a few clicks, one can be transported to some wonderful places to explore the world of Needlework of every kind.  There were a few topics of “embroidery” interest from weekend browsing that I though might be fun to share with you all. If you are not familiar with Thistle Threads you might enjoy heading over to their website and taking a peak around. There is much to peruse and explore. Tricia Nguyen has spent years bringing new needlework supplies to the market place for hand… Read more Metropolitan Museum of Art Digital Initiative

Time is Ticking Away

Sometimes a hand embroidery project is started, knowing it will be impossible to make its deadline.  But for some unknown reason, that does not become a deterrent. So it is with the Advent Vestment Set currently spread all over my sewing room.  There are bits of blue Silk Dupioni and broadcloth, and frames of blue and white on both work tables.  Life always provides interruptions with any major Ecclesiastical Embroidery project, and this one is no exception. Meant to be a “quick” project of couching and outlining, this is going… Read more Time is Ticking Away

Rare Find Part II

A few days ago, I shared some new treasures with you relating to A Rare Find of Ecclesiastical  Embroidery Patterns. These wonderful hand embroidery designs are always something precious to behold. They are the keys to a puzzle that has many missing pieces. They connect us with a rich past and provide inspiration for the future projects . At the monastery near  my home where I do volunteer work, I have been helping catalog the collection of Ecclesiastical Embroidery Designs from the Art Needlework Department. The department was active from the late… Read more Rare Find Part II

Preparing the Advent Pulpit Fall Design

Time is slipping away, and the Advent Pulpit Fall needs to get started.  The Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design selected for the Pulpit Fall will be a combination of applique and couching stitches. (At least that is the plan for now). To aid with the placement of the applique pieces, I decided to transfer the Ecclesiastical Design to the Silk Dupioni using the prick and pounce method of design transfer.  When I first learned about this technique for transferring an embroidery design, it took a year, maybe longer than that, before I took the… Read more Preparing the Advent Pulpit Fall Design