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Category: Ecclesiastical Embroidery

October 11th–Philip the Deacon

I wanted to mention that today we celebrate the feast day of one of the first deacons, the deacon Philip. The office of the deacon was the first auxiliary office in the church. It was established by the apostles in the very early days of the church. Deacons are the helpers of the church; their job is to be assistants to the priests, ministers, and pastors. As well as being assistants to the ministers, the deacons serve the congregations. In the early days of the church, seven deacons were chosen… Read more October 11th–Philip the Deacon

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

Sir Ninian Comper: Ecclesiastical Embroidery Designer

A man should, from his youth, seek for forms which are beautiful. At first he should love but one of them; then recognize the beauty which resides in one as the sister of that which dwells in another. Philosophy helps, from Plato onwards, because it puts beauty in the right place as one of the three eternal values equal with truth and goodness so that  what applies to one of them is true of the others.’ – Sir Ninian Comper (Symunson & Bucknall, 2006, p.19) Beauty is something that is… Read more Sir Ninian Comper: Ecclesiastical Embroidery Designer

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