Priest or Pastoral Stoles: More Trims
vestments, stoleSelecting trims for Ecclesiastical Sewing projects and Church Vestments is often a fun challenge. What is not to love? There is an unlimited variety of Ecclesiastical Trims available in all the best liturgical colors.
The above collection of trim samples for use in Ecclesiastical Sewing are all made using the same base. They all have the heavier yarn woven back and forth. The gold thread is used as the fill threads. These gold threads end up being woven into a variety of patterns.
This trim, which is called “Dice Trim,” has tiny alternating squares woven in a solid color and a gold thread. This trim, although narrow at 1/2″, is a powerhouse of a trim. It is not fussy, it gives a clean, tailored look. It sews very nicely. It is not overly bulky or heavy to work with. Best of all it comes in a nice assortment of liturgical colors: black, red, green, blue, gold, white and purple. (There is even a rose-colored Dice Trim). Dice Braid offers a very clean, tailored, crisp finish to vestments. It can be used to edge the long sides of stoles, or as an end finish to a stole. It can be used as a finish on the edge of a chalice veil, as well as being used on any other type of vestment where a trim is needed. Just always keep the narrow width in mind.
Lansdowne Braid is made with the same base yarn. The difference between this Ecclesiastical Braid and the Dice trim is the pattern that is woven into the braid. Lansdowne Braid has an oval pattern that encloses a cross. The design is a nice variation, and is different from the Dice Braid.
The blue trim with the diagonal gold lines in this photo is called Trail Braid, and it too has the same base of the woven yarn. Trail braid comes in the same basic set of liturgical colors.
All of these trims are imported to the United States from the United Kingdom. They are easy to work with. They do not have a pattern repeat which is nice.
So if you are looking for a classic style of narrow braid for use in Vestment Making or Ecclesiastical Sewing, perhaps one of these trims might be an option for a future project.
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