A trip to the Ursuline Center to explore interested items related to Ecclesiastical Embroidery and Vestments. The travel included stops at the Museum and the artist tower, and discovered a collection of hand-embroidered pieces and a few Ecclesiastical Banners that were hand-painted.
Working on the IHS Ecclesiastical Embroidery with gold threads is exciting. The sparkle and shine bring joy, but dealing with the cross ends is a bit tricky. Inspired by a vintage banner, branching gold threads from the center and facing challenges with plunging through three fabric layers. Considering adjustment for the better results. Happy stitching dreams!
The Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design for the Altar Frontal features the largest Lamb, measuring about 15″ in width. The sky is stitched in Royal Floss, a vivid blue from the Belding Brothers Company. Goldwork details use #4 Smooth Passing with Silk Core from Access Commodities. The design aims for a bright and radiant sky, symbolizing the glorious Resurrection.
Starting on a new embroidery project brings joy and excitement. The initial stitches on the Rose Set IHS Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design mark the beginning of creative possibilities. The goal is a stunning, “bread and butter” style of goldwork embroidery, keeping it simple with no extra padding and special techniques,
Discovering Tracing Vellum, a perfect solution for Ecclesiastical Embroidery Pattern transfers. This paper, resembling that used by Sisters in the past, is ideal for tracing designs onto fabric. Its smoother texture and availability on Amazon make it a valuable find for preserving and continuing the art of Ecclesiastical Embroidery. The newfound treasure proved effective in transferring the IHS Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design to Silk Dupioni.
Beginning the IHS Embroidery design project after a weekend of preparations. Silk Dupioni and Alba Maxima linen framed up, with the Evertite Frame chosen despite size constraints. Aligning and stretching the silk carefully, the design is transferred using a homemade charcoal and blue quilt pounce mixture. Success in the transfer marks the start of drawing lines and initiating the first stitches in this Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design.
Cleaning and ironing linen, though often disliked, proved essential for ecclesiastical projects. Preshrinking Alba Maxima, Ecclesiastical Linen, and Linen Cambric involved a careful process of soaking, rinsing, and pressing. Despite the effort, working with well-prepared linen, particularly Ecclesiastical Linen, was satisfying and crucial for successful embroidery.
Excitement as gold threads from England arrive for the IHS Altar Frontal project. Oakleaf design trims add elegance. Silk Dupioni in Olive green chosen as a canvas for the Rose Vestment Set. Introducing a mix of Soie Paris Embroidery floss and Or ‘Nue techniques. Join us in the exciting journey of making with dazzling, sparkling, and glittering designs!
Reading time from Ecclesiastical Embroidery with Grace Christie’s book, ‘Embroidery: A Collection of Articles on Fine Needlework.’ Explore a 14th-century red cope from the Butler Bowden Family, adorned with pearls and a charming lion’s head. Learn about the cope’s survival through history, now in the Metropolitan Museum. Discover the use of precious stones in Ecclesiastical Embroidery and the unique Opus Anglicum technique. Let this book be your companion on a stormy night.
Starting with a small Agnus Dei hand embroidery design, The Tale of Two Lambs turned into two projects – in sizes small and large. Limited Ecclesiastical designs led to this traditional choice. The smaller Agnus Dei, at 8 1/2″, fits a chasuble’s back. As the project continued, minor changes improved the second design. The small lamb’s hill, initially stitched in camouflage green, became serene blue. Using Soie Ovale for the sky presented challenges, but the finished product was pleasing. Careful placement of gold passing thread helped secure the silk strands, enhancing the design.
Picking colors for the Easter Set Pulpit Fall is exciting. As Yellow lilies symbolize Easter joy, while red expresses the sacrifice of the Paschal Lamb. The palette features reds, violets, greens, yellows, and blues, with possible additions like Gilt Silk Twist and Silk Gimp.
Ecclesiastical Sewing made a good progress on Embroidery project. Finished the background using Soie Ovale flat silk, giving it a smooth look. Managed those tricky silk strands with “The Best Laying Tool.” Now, onto the detailed goldwork Italian Stitch with Elizabethan Twist.
Visiting the museum, display revealed a whitework embroidery fragments, including one with the words “Happy Feast!” and the date “1895.” The remnants were cut from a larger hand-embroidered linen tablecloth used by the Sisters, showcasing beautiful craftsmanship. Intrigued by the search for Ecclesiastical Embroidery, we were directed to Father, to know the promising revelations in the chapel.
Progress on the Easter Set Pulpit Fall showcases intricate goldwork using Elizabethan Twist. The careful manipulation of the gold thread adds to the elegance. Soie Ovale silk thread in Creme complements the goldwork, and the laying tool aids in achieving a smooth finish. Balancing the gold thread and maintaining precision are ongoing challenges.
Working on a design for the Rose Vestment Set, specifically for Gaudete Sunday and Laetare Sunday. The IHS Ecclesiastical Embroidery pattern is simple yet elegant, featuring the symbolic IHS with a cross, framed by quatrefoil designs. The meticulous transfer process is underway, using a homemade pricker and pounce method. Looking forward to the stitching phase and hoping this pattern adds beauty to Rose Vestments in worship.