Silk Dupioni Liturgical Stole Kit with Evesham Orphrey

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Silk Dupioni Liturgical Stole Kit with Evesham Orphrey

The Silk Dupioni Liturgical Stole Kit with Evesham Orphrey:

One could describe Silk Dupioni as lustrous, rich, brilliant, and vibrant, and there are still many more terms to devise to convey its beauty.

silk dupioni liturgical colors

Silk Dupioni is a beloved fabric for what I fear is now decades. I remember the very first time I saw this fabric, and knew then that it would not be the last time I saw it. Back all of those years ago, it was not something I could afford, and it certainly was not to be the last time I beheld its beauty. Over the years, I have made couture gowns and a host of items from this fabric, and now with Ecclesiastical Sewing. The fabric has a new and higher purpose and calling: to be used in the making of church vestments and altar hangings.

silk dupioni with Evesham Orphrey

This past week, I was preparing Silk Dupioni Stole kits for one of our bespoke workrooms, and silk Dupioni was on the list of fabrics being worked on. The silk is available in a host of colors but for these sets. The focus was on violet for the upcoming Advent and Lenten seasons, and red for Pentecost (yes, it is a ways away, but production must start early to be prepared for the season). In the above photo, the Evesham orphrey has been centered and cut around one of the ogee design motifs. Evesham is available in violet color, green, red, blue, gold/gold, and ivory.

4 one half inch pastoral stole pattern

Stole-Making Kits

If you have ever thought about making a pastoral stole, but have been a little unsure about how to make stole. Or have not found a pattern yet, now may be a great time to give pastoral stoles a try. As part of the Grand Opening Celebration of our new Shopify Only website. We are offering our 4 1/2″ pastoral or priest stole for free with the purchase of any stole-making kit. All you need to do is select the stole kit of your choice and note “Free Stole pattern” in the special comments box at the bottom of the order page.

Our new 4 1/2″ pastoral stole has a guideline for cutting stole orphreys for use at the lower edge, as well as for use on the upper chest. The orphrey size and guideline placement have been developed based on the design rule of thirds and by years of practice. Now, these placement and cutting sizes are “guidelines” and do not replace the need to check and verify that the placement works for each and every situation. They intend to help create a sense of balance and proportion when making a pastoral stole by providing a starting point for the placement of orphrey bands or appliques.

red dupioni with red Evesham Orphrey

Adding Orphrey Bands

Too often, the temptation is to place a single large orphrey at the hem of the stole. However, even when placed there, it can look out of place and unbalanced if it is too long or extends too far up the length of the stole. Using orphrey bands on stoles is all about placement and proportions. Some rules help balance placement that can make a stole look less as if it were home-made, and look more professional and hand-made.

Red Evesham St Benet Braid Red Silk Dupioni

The orphrey bands are a simple way to add a special touch to any pastoral or priest stole. When putting together two different fabrics, one usually requires a galloon trim or narrow braid to cover the raw edge of the orphrey. St. Benet is a simple yet very nice narrow braid that is suitable for this project. St. Benet is available in a 1/2″ width and a 3/4″ width.  Silk Dupioni with Evesham closeup


This makes for an easy stole project with these combinations. I am heading off to do some stitching and to deliver the product to our bespoke seamstresses. They will create some of these lovely stoles, making them available for purchase as finished products. Don’t forget to take a look at the various stole kit fabrics and get your free pastoral stole pattern with the purchase of a fabric stole kit.

If you have questions about trim options or the stole pattern, please drop us a line.

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  1. The fabric is so beautiful. How can you choose just one? Your comment on Lent and Advent as purple is not our need but we need one in Sarum Blue which, as you know, is more like the Marian blues. Do you have a suggestion so that I might order a kit?

    • Hi Lurline,
      There is one Sarum blue fabric. It is the St. Nicolas Blue. The one Mariam Blue is St. Aidan blue. I have not found a silk that is quite right yet for a Sarum color, but I am looking. The St. Nicolas does have a large pattern repeat. I will try to put a few photos up in a day or so.

      Best regards,