Pastoral Stoles for Advent, Lent, and Good Friday
There is never a dull moment in the Ecclesiastical Sewing workroom – except during the hours I must be at my full-time day job. Once the working day is over, Ecclesiastical Sewing comes to life in the evenings and all weekend long. We put in long days and long hours working behind the scenes to continue to develop new products to use in the making of Church Vestments. So even though there might be a few days between writing posts, we are seldom idle.
Tonight I thought I would give you a taste of some visual eye candy as we share some of the things coming along here on Ecclesiastical Sewing. It is also our hope that some of these things might be great ideas to get the wheels in motion and the thoughts churning for your next Ecclesiastical Sewing project. We know it is often difficult to look at fabric on the Ecclesiastical Sewing website, and try to figure out which patterns work well together. So the first set of photos is a bright and colorful collection of pastoral and priest stoles.
Here you will find a colorful assortment of pastoral or priest stoles made from our 4 1/2″ wide Pastoral stole pattern available from our online store Ecclesiastical Sewing. All of these stoles are made from fabrics available here on our online store. And to make things even easier, the stole Liturgical fabrics are available in a kit that includes the face fabric, interfacing and lining fabric. And through December 31, 2016, we are offering our stole pattern for free with the purchase of a Pastoral Stole kit as part of our Grand Opening Celebration.
Starting on the left side, let’s do the introductions to these fabrics and trims. The green stole is made from the Green Glastonbury Brocade fabric which is also available as a stole kit. The orphrey band is Evesham. in the green/gold color combination with St. Benet trim as the galloon. Next up is violet Fairford Brocade available by the yard and as a pastoral stole kit. Fairford brocade has been designed in both a solid color combination and two-toned color combination to make it easy to have coordinating fabrics, providing unlimited design possibilities. The stole face fabric is the solid colored violet which has been paired with the two-toned violet/gold fabric. Isn’t that a stunning combination? What a handsome stole that makes. One of my favorites! The trim is St. Benet.
The black stole is made from black silk duipioni as the face fabric, and the black/gold two-toned Fairford and trimmed with black/gold St. Benet Trim. This is another favorite combination. Start thinking ahead for good Friday now! It will soon be here.
The next two stoles in Red and Violet are also made from Silk Dupinoi, and trimmed with Evesham Orphreys and st. Benet Galloon. With Lent coming up fast around the corner, it is time to start planning for those needs. The final stole peaking at us from the wings is the a silk dupioni stole with an Aragon Tapestry orphrey. The Aragon Tapestry is available in a red and green color combination. The Red LurexAragon Tapestry fabric orphrey has been selected for use on this stole. This is the stole that everyone here at the studio has fallen in love with, and there is no wonder. The silk is a vibrant violet color, and the Lurex Aragon Tapestry with the blue, purple and red colors comes to life on this stole. This stole turned out so well, we are looking forward to making a matching chasuble in the near future.
The Fairford Two-tone fabric and the Evesham both cut well for use as an orphrey trim for stoles. We will have pre-cut orphrey bands available soon. But if you see something from the above collection of stoles that looks interesting, please email us through the contact page at the storefront, and we will do our best to help you out with an orphrey of your choice.
This collection of stoles is headed off for finishing touches of tassels, neckline chains and a final once over, and they will be available as ready-made stoles for purchase. We realize that not everyone has the ability to sew, or has a seamstress within their church who is comfortable with making pastoral stoles. That is why we are working on a line of hand-made stoles to have available for purchase. We use traditional techniques which include hand finishing of the lining fabric. All tassels and fringe are sewn on by hand to ensure they meet our quality standards. Each stole will be hand-made right here in the USA in the studios of our partnering Ecclesiastical tailors and seamstresses. We will share more on that later, too.
Other things in the works include chasuble patterns that are off for testing and sample making, new lining fabrics, and embroidery designs. We also hope to get to some projects shortly. Stay tuned!
Soli Deo Gloria
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