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Month: September 2015

Liturgical Fabrics: Design Details

The details are in the design, and so it is with many of my favorite Liturgical Fabrics.  In the next few weeks and months, we will be taking a close look at a wide variety of fabrics available for use in making church vestments.  But for this evening, let’s focus on beauty, created in and by the details. Venezia is a lovely name for a liturgical fabric. It conjures up thoughts of foreign lands with such a name, and so it should.  Venezia’s name is tied to the Venetian artisans… Read more Liturgical Fabrics: Design Details

Altar Linen: Where Linen Comes From

This weekend, as I was working on a project, the thought of linen fabric came to mind.  Years ago, when sewing fashion fabrics, the linen available was to be dreaded. A mere  look would seem to result in wrinkles. I use to cringe at the thought of anything connected with linen. But as the world of Ecclesiastical Sewing has opened over many years, those once dreaded thoughts have softened, just as fine linen does with time.   Some of my favorite styles of linen fabric come from  Access Commodities,  which only… Read more Altar Linen: Where Linen Comes From

Meet Martin the Steadfast

There is a new man in the Ecclesiastical Sewing workroom of late. He is on duty, 24/7, never leaving his post. He never complains, or tires of his duty.  He responds to my beck and call.  He stands guard over my vintage liturgical sewing library, keeping harm and danger at bay. He has been hanging around for several months now, not doing much of anything…..sometimes he is in the way, and gets shoved or pushed, but he takes it in stride.  He is tall and well built. But sometimes, he… Read more Meet Martin the Steadfast

Vintage Liturgical Embroidery Library

The Ecclesiastical Sewing workroom is getting a bit of a workout these days.  Things are moving and shuffling around, getting ready for some changes that are happening soon.  Stay posted for updates on that.  While those changes are going on, I thought I might share a quick glance at a tiny corner in the liturgical vestment workroom.  Admittedly, this might not be of much interest to many of you, so my apologies in advance for those who find the topic of books dull and uninteresting. Books have always been something… Read more Vintage Liturgical Embroidery Library

More Vintage Liturgical Embroidery Patterns

The delay with routine posting here on Ecclesiastical Sewing has come as a result of many things.  But never fear. The posts will continue.   So what has been occupying my time in recent weeks?  Well, the list is long, and for the most part, rather boring. But a few good things have come about. Some time has been spent in the past few weeks documenting and sorting through the hundreds of vintage hand embroidery designs and patterns that are now a part of my collection.  I have been working on… Read more More Vintage Liturgical Embroidery Patterns

Liturgical Arts Resources

The work week has come to an end, and it is time to relax and catch up with what others are doing within the Liturgical Art scene.  Keeping abreast of what other artists are doing, whether they are painters, work in wood, ceramics,  or any number of other media, serves as a refueling for my work. So often, one feels like there is no one to connect with in the liturgical arts. We often work at home or in a studio, and seldom get a chance to view the creations… Read more Liturgical Arts Resources

George Frederick Bodley

There is a book on my shelf – a LARGE book – that has sat on there for far too long.  It is time to do a little dusting off, both of the book, of my knowledge of Ecclesiastical History, and the Greats from the Gothic Era.  So without further ado, tonight’s topic: the book entitled George Frederick Bodley by Michael Hall. And before I begin, there is a confession to make. I know very little about George Bodley. Hence, the need for the book. George Frederick Bodley was born… Read more George Frederick Bodley