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Month: August 2015

Church Vestment Fringe: is there a difference?

Fringe for Church Vestments: It can be short and sweet, or long and elegant. It can have shimmer and shine, or have a perfect matte finish.  There are solid colors and multi-colored styles, with headers to match that are plain and simple, or complex like a braid trim.  What makes a fringe an Ecclesiastical fringe, suitable for use on church vestments and altar hangings? This is one of those questions that can be a bit challenging to answer. When I first started making church vestments and altar hangings, the only… Read more Church Vestment Fringe: is there a difference?

Altar Linen Embroidery Designs

The last days of summer are winding down, and thoughts are turning to hand embroidery designs for altar linens.  Over the past few years, my collection of vintage hand embroidery designs has been growing. Many of the designs are old and fragile. Yet, many of these designs are still lovely and will work beautifully for altar linens today. This is a recent treasure. It is a hand-made book and on the cover it says: Some Designs for Communions Sets and Fair Linen Cloths The description for this little gem of… Read more Altar Linen Embroidery Designs

Design Options for Christmas Set

Tonight there was a little extra time to pull out the box of vintage Ecclesiastical Embroidery patterns. Now, these are not just any old embroidery patterns, or at least not to me. These patterns are special. First of all, they are old, or at least some of them are old. Some of these designs for liturgical embroidery date to the 1870’s.  That makes them at least 130 years old. How is that for special? Then, some of them are signed by a well know architect from the area of the… Read more Design Options for Christmas Set

Shimmering Fabrics and How to Use Them

There is nothing that grabs our attention more that something shiny. That glint and glimmer is sure to catch our glance, make us stop, and take a look. Sometimes shiny objects can be a distraction, sometimes they can make us pause and wonder what is going on.  Shining objects are always guaranteed to capture our attention. Today I spent some time looking at shiny objects. To be more specific, shiny, glimmering liturgical fabrics for use in making church vestments. I have a special event coming up over the Holidays, and… Read more Shimmering Fabrics and How to Use Them

Brocade or Damask?

There is a lot going on behind the scenes at Ecclesiastical Sewing. So many lovely things in the works.  Tonight it is time for a brief respite while the question is pondered: what is the difference between a brocade and damask fabric?  The terms brocade and damask are seen frequently in the descriptions of liturgical fabrics for use in the making of church vestments.  As one looks at photos of fabrics, a first glance might suggest there is no difference. Then the price comes into view, and that might appear… Read more Brocade or Damask?

Still Here Working Behind the Scenes

I must apologize for the lack of recent posts on Ecclesiastical Sewing. I am still here, and there are many things happening behind the scenes.  What, you might be asking, is so important, as to prevent updated posts? I could go on about the usual things relating to family, work, upcoming weddings, aging parents, and the like, but there are other things in the works, like new fabrics to be drooled over………………new Ecclesiastical Sewing Patterns in the making, new Liturgical Embroidery Designs in the works, new church linens to sew,… Read more Still Here Working Behind the Scenes

Vestments and How to Make Them by Lilla Weston

Sundays are a great day to relax and enjoy a good read.  One of my favorite vestment books is an old classic on the topic of Liturgical Sewing.  Like many books in my vast library on the topic of vestment making, Ecclesiastical Embroidery and the making of church linens, the book of choice for this evening is, well, vintage, if a book can be called that. Or perhaps classic might be a better term. However one looks at it, the book on my work table this evening (at least one… Read more Vestments and How to Make Them by Lilla Weston

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