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Category: Church Linens

Altar Linens: Descriptions and Sizes

Church Linens and Altar Linens As the summer months move along, many of you may be traveling and spending time away from your churches. Summer months during the church year are referred to as ordinary times. It is the long season of green – as is the great out-of-doors for those living in the northern hemisphere. While the summer days may seem to last for ever, (or in my case, disappear in the blink of an eye) it is a good time for reflection and contemplation. I like to think… Read more Altar Linens: Descriptions and Sizes

Season Changes

The seasons are changing, and there is no doubt about it. The days are still sunny and warm while the evenings have a bit of a chill. There has even been a hint of frost in the air and on the ground this week in Northern Minnesota.  Seasonal changes are not the only new events occurring in and around the Ecclesiastical Sewing workroom.  Soon there will be a brand new format for Ecclesiastical Sewing along with a new website store front. The changes are slow, and it takes a great… Read more Season Changes

Altar Linen: Where Linen Comes From

This weekend, as I was working on a project, the thought of linen fabric came to mind.  Years ago, when sewing fashion fabrics, the linen available was to be dreaded. A mere  look would seem to result in wrinkles. I use to cringe at the thought of anything connected with linen. But as the world of Ecclesiastical Sewing has opened over many years, those once dreaded thoughts have softened, just as fine linen does with time.   Some of my favorite styles of linen fabric come from  Access Commodities,  which only… Read more Altar Linen: Where Linen Comes From

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

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

Altar Linen Embroidery Designs

The last days of summer are winding down, and thoughts are turning to hand embroidery designs for altar linens.  Over the past few years, my collection of vintage hand embroidery designs has been growing. Many of the designs are old and fragile. Yet, many of these designs are still lovely and will work beautifully for altar linens today. This is a recent treasure. It is a hand-made book and on the cover it says: Some Designs for Communions Sets and Fair Linen Cloths The description for this little gem of… Read more Altar Linen Embroidery Designs

Still Here Working Behind the Scenes

I must apologize for the lack of recent posts on Ecclesiastical Sewing. I am still here, and there are many things happening behind the scenes.  What, you might be asking, is so important, as to prevent updated posts? I could go on about the usual things relating to family, work, upcoming weddings, aging parents, and the like, but there are other things in the works, like new fabrics to be drooled over………………new Ecclesiastical Sewing Patterns in the making, new Liturgical Embroidery Designs in the works, new church linens to sew,… Read more Still Here Working Behind the Scenes

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

Liturgical Embroidery Designs: Continuing the Process

Working through the process of creating a new collection of Ecclesiastical hand embroidery designs is always a challenge.  The past few days have seen continued work on a Fleur de lis liturgical hand embroidery design.  The goal is hopefully to create a Liturgical embroidery design collection suitable for use on a variety of church linens and church vestments.  The nice thing about continuing to work on a specific design over an extended period of time is that the design often (but not always) improves. It becomes refined, and clarified. It… Read more Liturgical Embroidery Designs: Continuing the Process

Whitework Altar Linens

There are several whitework altar linen projects waiting in the wings in what has now become the Ecclesiastical Sewing workroom.  Church vestment pattern making is going full steam at the moment, and you know what a job pattern making does to the workroom. There are papers of all sizes, rulers and markers, pencils and tape scattered a muck. Yikes! Try as one might, disorder reigns during the pattern making process. One pattern making project, a monastic choir alb, is almost at the point of completion.  Pattern making is a process… Read more Whitework Altar Linens