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Month: May 2015

Lace: the Forgotten Ecclesiastical Craft?

Church lace. Is this an often forgotten and neglected aspect of Ecclesiastical Sewing?  It is hard to tell.  One sees new works of church lace on occasion. But they seem to be few and far between. Lace can be a touchy topic when it comes to Ecclesiastical Sewing. Some of the experts square their shoulders, lift the chins, and proclaim on the mighty printed page, “Lace should never be used in the church.” Our response is to timidly lift an eyebrow in wonder  and ask, “Why?” Why is there such vehement… Read more Lace: the Forgotten Ecclesiastical Craft?

Visiting a Grand Cathedral the Proper Way

Traveling. It is fun, exciting, interesting, and filled with unknown Ecclesiastical Sewing Treasures (Pleasures) if one takes the time to look. One never knows what liturgical wonders might be the next site reveled as a corner is rounded, or a glance is drawn up.  Cathedrals are filled with nooks and crannies, soaring columns, stained glass, stone carvings and so much more. One could look at a Cathedral daily, and still see something new. Yesterday was a few shorts days after the Celebration of Pentecost. We were scheduled to visit the… Read more Visiting a Grand Cathedral the Proper Way

Helpful Church Vestment Books

As time goes on, my library of Church Vestment books has grown, or rather multiplied.  When I get asked a question, I often know I have read something about a topic, but it can be a challenge to find the exact book or resource for the information on basic vestment making details or definition and descriptions of liturgical vestments. As the years go on, there are a few books that have become special, and are often the authority on Ecclesiastical Vestments.  The resource which I select depends to a great… Read more Helpful Church Vestment Books

Lace Making for Altar Cloths

As the weekend comes to a close, it is time to relax and enjoy a bit of Ecclesiastical Sewing across the web. I have some wonderful friends from around the world who are involved with Vestment making and the Ecclesiastical Vestment arts. Email is the lifesaving link the keeps us connected. Sometime we share information on how our projects are coming along, occasionally we collaborate on projects, and sometimes, we “share the news.” The best part with sharing the news is the photos of others projects. There is always that… Read more Lace Making for Altar Cloths