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Category: Sewing fringe and Trim

Sewing fringe and trim is a crucial part of creating beautiful and functional liturgical vestments or church paraments. The process requires precision and attention to detail to ensure that the decorative elements are securely attached. The choice of fringe or trim should complement the overall design and purpose of the ecclesiastical item.

To begin, carefully select the appropriate fringe or trim that will enhance the look of the vestment or parament. Once you have chosen the right one, it’s time to start sewing. Using a sturdy thread and needle, take care to stitch the fringe or trim securely to the appropriate area of the liturgical pieces.

Moreover, one of the most important aspects of sewing fringe and trim is ensuring that it is durable and long-lasting. By using the correct stitching techniques, you can help prevent the fringe or trim from becoming loose or falling off. This will ensure that the vestment or parament remains in good condition for several years.

Therefore, sewing fringe and trim is a challenging but rewarding task that requires careful attention to detail and precision. By selecting the right decorative pieces and using appropriate stitching techniques, you can create beautiful and functional ecclesiastical items that are sure to impress. Remember that the key to success is to take your time and pay close attention to every detail, ensuring that your work is of quality. Make sure to explore the stunning selection of narrow trims, metallic braids, orphrey braids, fringe trims, tassels, and lace in various designs and colors at Ecclesiastical Sewing’s online store. These options are perfect for enhancing your liturgical sewing projects. Start your project today by browsing our online store!

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Top 5 Tips for Sewing Perfect Chasuble Orphrey Bands

Creating perfect chasuble orphrey bands is easier with these 5 tips. Choose precise marking tools, finish edges to prevent unraveling, mark lines accurately, and pin perpendicular. Use the edge foot for even stitching, spot-check for consistency, and adjust as needed. These simple steps ensure polished and professionally sewn chasuble orphrey bands.

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Creating Orphrey Bands for Church Vestments

Ecclesiastical Sewing introduces new Chasuble patterns with fancy trims called orphrey bands. The blog explains orphrey bands’ history and talks about the special St. Hubert Brocatelle fabric. It shows how to choose trims and cut the fabric to make these beautiful church vestments, making the process easy to understand for everyone.

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Adding Fringe Trim to a Pulpit Fall or Superfrontal

To sew fringe, you have two options. The first is using a multi-step zigzag stitch with a matching thread color. Keep the stitch width wide and length short, with zigs and zags about 1/4 inch apart. The second method involves using an edge foot for straight stitching. Adjust the needle position to stitch about 3/16″ from the fringe’s edge, and guide the fringe along the edge foot for straight and even stitches. Sew slowly to maintain precision.

Red and Gold Liturgical Brocade Fabrics

St. Hubert, designed by Sir Ninian Comper, was first produced as a liturgical fabric pattern circa 1890. This design has been recently reintroduced on a church fabric and is still lovely for use in making church vestments. As with most of Comper’s textiles, the inspiration for St. Hubert is of Netherlandish origin. This work comes from a 15th-century painting from the exhumation of St. Hubert. The fabric, made from a blend of cotton, silk, and metallic fibers, shimmers with accents of gold. While St. Hubert has a predominant right side, the fabric is also suitable for use on the “reverse” side, which makes for interesting design options

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Virgin and Child Goldwork Embroidery Design

The Madonna and Child Goldwork Emblem is to be used on the back of a white Gothic chasuble. The chasuble is designed using our classic Gothic Chasuble Pattern cut with “Y” orphrey bands. The Virgin and Child design uses goldwork embroidery and colored thread embroidery embellishments on a hand-painted design. This Embroidery Design has a great deal of detailed work and requires care when applying it to a church vestment.

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Final Pattern: A Stole for Our Deacons

The deacon stole pattern is no more difficult to make than a pastoral or clergy stole. The deacon stole sewing pattern has mitered seams at the shoulder and waist. It uses two pattern pieces: one for the top and one for the bottom of the stole. There are also separate pattern pieces for the interfacing and lining. The pattern allows for a 5/8” seam. A variety of cross appliques can be used on the shoulder seam. Whichever cross is chosen, will have a prominent display when the vestment is worn. Tassels or fringe may be applied at the bottom of the deacon stole, just as with the clergy stoles

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In Remembrance: Urn Palls for use at Funerals

The tradition within the church is to use a Pall to cover the coffin for funerals. At the time of Pugin (early to mid-1800s), Palls were elaborate items, often embellished with extensive embroidery and gold work. Palls are still used today to cover a coffin during a funeral service. They are frequently white in color with a cross or other appropriate design applied. While churches may own a Pall for covering a coffin, they may not have a pall for covering an urn. The use of urns to replace large coffins is becoming more common.

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Silk Dupioni Liturgical Stole Kit with Evesham Orphrey

Our new 4 1/2″ pastoral stole has a guideline for cutting stole orphreys for use at the lower edge, as well as for use on the upper chest. The orphrey size and guideline placement have been developed based on the design rule of thirds and by years of practice. Now, these placement and cutting sizes are “guidelines” and are not meant to take the place of checking to verify that the placement works for each and every situation. They are intended to help create a sense of balance and proportion when making a pastoral stole, by providing a starting point for the placement of orphrey bands or appliques.

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How to Cut Orphrey Bands

Fairford brocade offers two motifs: a pineapple and an ogee design. Choose the pineapple for the lower band and align it within selected cutting lines. Ensure minimal waste and use the ogee design for upper orphrey bands. Draw cutting lines with tailor’s chalk once satisfied with the design. Cut the motifs carefully, considering future usability of small fabric pieces.

Determining the Orphreys for the Stole

Priest or Pastor Stoles: The Tricky Parts

Making Priest or Pastor Stoles involves overcoming tricky parts. With Silk Shantung fabric, the challenge is its semi-transparency. To address this, underlining with unbleached muslin is presented. Orphrey size and placement are determined using the cutting table grid, following the design rule of “threes” for visual appeal. Now comes the tricky part: the lower edge of the stole. A geometry lesson and a protractor lead to marking angles and folding techniques, simplifying the process and making stole ends more enjoyable to finish.

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Rose Chalice Veil Construction

Chalice veils are very simple to construct. The beauty of the finished piece lies in excellent workmanship construction techniques and appropriate design placement. The design of a chalice veil can be as simple or elaborate as the imagination allows.  Although the chalice veils do not have any trim around the edge, it is appropriate to use a cord as a decorative finish at the seam. Chalice veils often have a cross motif placed on the front edge too.

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