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Iron on Cross Appliques: Today, January 2nd is a special day. There is a birthday in the Ecclesiastical Sewing family and a wedding anniversary. Although I will not say how old she is, Carrie will have some candles to blow out tonight. Travis & Ashley are going to have a nice dinner on one of the lakes this evening and maybe go swimming at the pool.

It has been a little hectic here at the sewing headquarters. Travis and Ashley moved back home and are now trying to learn about some of the physical parts of Ecclesiastical Sewing. One of these parts is to train Ashley in the art of clergy stole-making. Ashley has been sewing since she was 7 years old (she is now 23). But never has she had the chance to dabble with church vestments.

One of the projects the young adults did: Cross Appliques.

Ecclesiastical Sewing sells small iron-on cross appliques.  There are a variety of colors and sizes. These little crosses can be used on the neckline of a stole; they can be used to decorate the front of a stole; or they could be used on chalice veils, burses, or other church vestments. Ecclesiastical Sewing will have finished stoles for sale in the upcoming days, as soon as the holiday mania settles down. As we complete the stoles for our soon-to-be-released line of ready-made vestments, there are some finishing details to be completed.

The line of stoles has orphrey trim that will be sewn on the stole fronts. Since the trim on the stoles was being sewn on, Ashley had not put crosses on the fronts of the stoles yet.

So where did these iron-on crosses go? On the neckline of several finished stoles.

Purple Lent and Advent stole in Silk Dupioni
Purple Silk Dupioni Stole from Ecclesiastical Sewing


1Zerwas, Ashley. Cross on Neckline. December 24th, 2016. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.

Adding small crosses to clergy stole necklines:

For those of you interested in using these little appliques on vestments, here are the simple steps to attaching them to completed vestment projects.

First, we preheat the iron; our iron takes maybe a minute top to reach the heat.

Then we measure & center the cross on the neck seam of the stole.

Small gold Iron on cross
How to make clergy stoles: trim details of the cross at the back neckline


Crosses on priest stole neckline
Adding small cross detail to neckline: measuring to ensure the cross is centered


Small cross details for pastor or priest stoles
Selecting the correct size and color of the cross for the purple Lent and Advent Stole


2Zerwas, Ashley. Measuring #1. December 24th, 2016. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.

3Zerwas, Ashley. Measuring #2. December 24th, 2016. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.

4Zerwas, Ashley. Choosing a Cross. December 24th, 2016. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.

Third, we set the hot iron down straight onto the cross. This is where precision is key; we do not want the cross to shift and become un-centered after we carefully measured.

Clergy stole making: Pressing cross in place on neckline
How to press cross in place when finishing stole neckline


5Zerwas, Ashley. Iron Pressed. December 24th, 2016. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.

Let the iron sit for 15 seconds, lift the iron, and allow the cross to cool slightly. Then place the iron back on, and repeat the process for a total of three times.

Purple Advent and Lent stole with cross at neckline
Checking cross is secure


Securely attached cross at back neckline of clergy stole
The cross is firmly attached to the neckline of the clergy stole


6Zerwas, Ashley. Cross Cooling. December 24th, 2016. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.

7Zerwas, Ashley. Checking Cross. December 24th, 2016. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.

Cross Adhesion and Finishing Touches

The nice thing about these crosses is that the adhesive holds them in place.* It is then recommended that the crosses be tacked with hand stitching (or machine stitching, depending on the progress of the finished stole). This added measure may seem time-consuming, but taking the time to do extra steps makes a garment (or vestment) truly a masterpiece. So Carrie hand-stitched, while Ashley machine-sewed necklines on stoles, interfacing, and lining.

Ecclesiastical Sewing is excited to share more of our line of completed stoles and other projects such as chalice veils in a few days. Keep checking for more information and tips on liturgical vestment sewing. And thank you for using Ecclesiastical Sewing as your ecclesiastical source.

God Bless & Happy New Year!

~Nihil Sine Deo~

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*If the item is to be laundered, the crosses must be stitched after ironing in place.

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