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Pastoral and Priest Clergy Stole Patterns

I love patterns. I collect patterns. Old vestment patterns, new stole patterns, vintage patterns: I love them all. I pull them out and dream about the lovely things that can… Read more Pastoral and Priest Clergy Stole Patterns

Ely Crown Liturgical Brocade and Pugin Orphrey Trim

The church year has a long history of using specific colors to mark the various celebrations, feasts and festivals of the church year. There are certain colors that transcend among all faiths. And then within various  faiths, the color may vary according to use and tradition. An example would be some churches use Liturgical Fabrics with the color Violet or purple while other use Roman Purple. The most basic colors used in the church include a white in some form from Bridal white to deep cream. The white color family… Read more Ely Crown Liturgical Brocade and Pugin Orphrey Trim

Part I: The Amice—Norris

Over the next few days I would like to talk to you about certain ecclesiastical vestments that are worn on the head. Often we focus our gaze on the voluptuous garments that cover our ministers of the church. It is important to know each distinct garment and its history. Based in practical reasoning, traditions are now carried on without knowing the origin. When we travel to Europe, view exhibits in a museum, or look in old volumes, we see all kinds of garments that our ministers no longer wear, or… Read more Part I: The Amice—Norris

Installation of a New Pastor

The installation of a new pastor within a church is a time for celebration. Our church recently experienced the joy of installing a new pastor, and I had the privilege of making a new pastoral stole as a gift to mark the occasion of the installation within our Church District. The pastors are all gathered after the installation service waiting for the official photograph to be taken.  Within the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, red is the traditional liturgical color to be worn for an installation service.  And look at… Read more Installation of a New Pastor

Finished Stoles: Fairford Black/Gold

The evening hour is late, and the Ecclesiastical workroom is still out of commission. Thankfully, the set of Pastoral Stoles were completed on time for the parting gift for our vacancy Pastor. With photographic apologies as there is no place to properly take photos at our church, here is the black and gold pastoral stole created for  use on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This liturgical stole is simple, made from black silk dupioni as a fabric base. The cost of a stole length of Dupioni is around $12 to… Read more Finished Stoles: Fairford Black/Gold

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

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