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Slate Frames for Hand Embroidery

Slate Frames for Hand Embroidery We receive questions about slate frames for hand embroidery regularly. Slate frames are a bit of a mystery to many people, but to those who love doing fine hand embroidery, slate frames are an essential tool. And we all know that using the right tools leads to beautiful finished results. So what exactly is a slate frame? A slate frame is usually made of wood. In the example below, there are 2 main parts shown for the slate frame. The horizontal pieces are called the… Read more Slate Frames for Hand Embroidery

Cotta Sewing Patterns for Altar Servers

Cotta Sewing Patterns for Altar Servers Every day at Ecclesiastical Sewing, we receive requests for a variety of items that are needed to make church vestments. One of the most frequently asked questions is, “Do you have Cotta Sewing Patterns for Altar Servers or acolyte robes?” Our reply was a regretful no. However, after the first few requests, we noticed there was a consistent need for something that was not available. And so, we started to ask questions. And when we asked, our wonderful audience responded and they told us… Read more Cotta Sewing Patterns for Altar Servers

Bespoke Vestments and Paraments

Bespoke Vestments and Paraments Here at Ecclesiastical Sewing, we have a wide variety of ready-made designs for bespoke vestments and paraments of all kinds. Basic selections include stoles, as well as pulpit, falls, or communion table/altar frontals with little decoration besides a plain orphrey. On the other hand, there are also plenty of ornate designs which I have developed over the years, and which are unique at Ecclesiastical Sewing. However, there’s one option that deserves a thorough discussion: bespoke designs. The term “bespoke” means something that’s made especially for a… Read more Bespoke Vestments and Paraments

A discussion about Chasubles

A discussion about Chasubles Many of us in more Protestant parts of the country see our pastors in only a stole over his cassock or alb. When I came out of the small town Mid-West, country church world, and started seeing Protestant pastors wearing the same “outfits” as the Roman Catholics, I immediately had to learn why. That was many years ago, and I have since corrected my ignorance and terminology of proper liturgical wear. If you’re a member of some denominations, chances are that the priest or pastor wears… Read more A discussion about Chasubles

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