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Month: November 2015

Machine Embroidery for Pastoral Stoles

Things are going to become a bit wild over the next three weeks. The Ecclesiastical Sewing workroom is receiving a major overhaul in preparation for the launching of the new website. Much of my workspace has been cleared, my fabrics have been safely wrapped and moved out of harm’s way. The book shelf has been cleared and the volumes are stored for the next 4 to 6 weeks.  I will continue to work around the construction to keep a few projects underway, including the major altar frontal project that must… Read more Machine Embroidery for Pastoral Stoles

Sewing Galloon Trim to Orphrey Bands

Tonight we will take a short look at applying galloon trim to an orphrey band. The orphrey bands are being placed on a pastoral stole.  We have been looking at stoles for a while, but there is so much ground to cover when it comes to making a stole. Many of these tips and techniques can help give a stole that polished professional look when completed. But no need to worry. Making stoles is a process, as are all Ecclesiastical Sewing Projects. It takes time, patience, a bit of looking… Read more Sewing Galloon Trim to Orphrey Bands

Ecclesiastical Braids and Galloons: Finding the Right Trim

“Details” is one of those words that can be embraced to take an Ecclesiastical Sewing project from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Taking the time to add an extra touch or to ensure a curve hits are just the right spot, or that a seam is sewn straight can make all of the difference in the world to a finished church vestment project. And there are other times when details may not matter in the least. The important thing is learning which details are important and crucial to make a… Read more Ecclesiastical Braids and Galloons: Finding the Right Trim

How to Cut Orphrey Bands

I admit. I am in a bit of a quandary and there is no way out. It never fails to happen. I have know that a set of pastoral stoles need to be completed for a young pastor. His first call was with a parish that had stoles, so he never had the need to acquire his own set of Pastoral stoles. Then he came to our church, and we do not have stoles for every season in the church year.  And so, as the seasons come along, a few… Read more How to Cut Orphrey Bands

Orphrey Bands for Pastoral Stoles

The use of orphrey bands for trimming pastoral stoles opens an endless array of design possibilities. Many of you might be familiar with using orphreys as a means of adding design details to ecclesiastical sewing projects, while others may be wondering what exactly does this word mean, and how does one pronounce it.  Orphreys are decorative bands or ornamental borders used on items, especially Ecclesiastical items, such as church vestments and altar hangings. In French Orphron, which Du Cange explains by Frange d’ or. It signifies a band or bands… Read more Orphrey Bands for Pastoral Stoles

Amice Design Ideas

One of my favorite things when it comes to Ecclesiastical Sewing is working with Linen. Working with linen is like working with a new clean slate. As it rolls of the tube, completely wrinkle free (at least for the moment), with its crisp hand and lovely feel, one quickly gets a sense that this is a special fabric. There is so much to share about this lovely fabric. But for tonight, due to computer update issues, I will only share this lovely photo of a linen amice. Many of us… Read more Amice Design Ideas

Silver Stars for Advent Stole: Part 2

There are a few pastoral stole projects that need to be created in a relatively short period of time. The first stole is a Blue Advent stole. Blue is an alternate liturgical color frequently used by many churches for the season of Advent. The other liturgical color used during Advent is Purple. Since my church has used blue in the past, we will stick with the traditional color selection, and work on the goal of  a new vestment set.  I started a set last year, but was delayed by work,… Read more Silver Stars for Advent Stole: Part 2

Silver Stars for Advent Stole

When a new church vestment project is first taking fo starts with a sense of “designers block.” (Designer’s block is a close cousin to writer’s block). You know that feeling fear. It often begins with a blank piece of paper, an empty canvas for an artist, or a plain piece of unadorned fabric for a designer. No shape, no form, nothing. But how can one get beyond that void of emptiness and get on with the work of designing and creating a project? I think back to those long ago days… Read more Silver Stars for Advent Stole

Stole Set

It has been far too long since any new projects have been underway in the Ecclesiastical Sewing workroom.  For tonight, we shall have a quite peek at a pastoral stole project. Often when a young pastor or priest is in the beginning stages of their career, they are not able to afford a set of clergy stoles. Or they may have been at a parish that has stoles, and never had the need for a set of their own – until they move on to a new parish.  For a… Read more Stole Set

Update on Changes

Getting a new online business up and rolling has its fair share of challenges. There are samples to collect, fabrics and trims to source, patterns to draft, sample garments to create. Throw in a few life moments like a college graduation, wedding, and a remodel, along with numerous photography sessions needed to capture images of stunning Ecclesiastical Fabrics and trims…..and yes, it does take time to pull it all together.  The original plan was to launch the new online store front on in early November, but taking photographs of what… Read more Update on Changes