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Hand Embroidery Design for Altar Linens

Are you ready to put your creativity to work? Here is a little something to enjoy. Today at Ecclesiastical Sewing, we have a lovely vintage hand embroidery design to share… Read more Hand Embroidery Design for Altar Linens

More Vintage Liturgical Embroidery Patterns

The delay with routine posting here on Ecclesiastical Sewing has come as a result of many things.  But never fear. The posts will continue.   So what has been occupying my time in recent weeks?  Well, the list is long, and for the most part, rather boring. But a few good things have come about. Some time has been spent in the past few weeks documenting and sorting through the hundreds of vintage hand embroidery designs and patterns that are now a part of my collection.  I have been working on… Read more More Vintage Liturgical Embroidery Patterns

George Frederick Bodley

There is a book on my shelf – a LARGE book – that has sat on there for far too long.  It is time to do a little dusting off, both of the book, of my knowledge of Ecclesiastical History, and the Greats from the Gothic Era.  So without further ado, tonight’s topic: the book entitled George Frederick Bodley by Michael Hall. And before I begin, there is a confession to make. I know very little about George Bodley. Hence, the need for the book. George Frederick Bodley was born… Read more George Frederick Bodley

Church Vestment Fringe: is there a difference?

Fringe for Church Vestments: It can be short and sweet, or long and elegant. It can have shimmer and shine, or have a perfect matte finish.  There are solid colors and multi-colored styles, with headers to match that are plain and simple, or complex like a braid trim.  What makes a fringe an Ecclesiastical fringe, suitable for use on church vestments and altar hangings? This is one of those questions that can be a bit challenging to answer. When I first started making church vestments and altar hangings, the only… Read more Church Vestment Fringe: is there a difference?

Vestments and How to Make Them by Lilla Weston

Sundays are a great day to relax and enjoy a good read.  One of my favorite vestment books is an old classic on the topic of Liturgical Sewing.  Like many books in my vast library on the topic of vestment making, Ecclesiastical Embroidery and the making of church linens, the book of choice for this evening is, well, vintage, if a book can be called that. Or perhaps classic might be a better term. However one looks at it, the book on my work table this evening (at least one… Read more Vestments and How to Make Them by Lilla Weston

Weekend Reading and Musing

Last week, I mentioned receiving several new books relating to the topics of Ecclesiastical Sewing and Ecclesiastical Embroidery, or Church Embroidery.  In case you missed the article, you can check it out the post New Books, New Information. I was sharing information about a book entitled Design for Church Embroidery by R.A. Alethea Wiel.  The book, available online through Google Books, is a resource book of embroidery pattern designs for various vestment and altar furnishings such as chalice veils, pulpit falls, and altar frontals. While flipping through the pages and reading… Read more Weekend Reading and Musing

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