Skip to content
Imitation Japanese Gold Thread for Liturgical Embroidery

Green and Gold Braid

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!

Butler Bowden Cope  Article by Grace Christie from  Embroidery: A Collection of Articles on Subjects Connected with Fine Embroidery

Reading Time for a Stormy Night

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.

Complete Blue Sky Background on Small Agnus Dei Embroidery Project, The Tale of Two Lambs

From the Beginning in The Tale of Two Lambs

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.

Museum Ursuline Center, Summer Travels

More Surprises on Summer Travels

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.

Ecclesiastical Embroidery Easter Set Pulpit Fall, Stitching

A Little Stitching Time

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.

New Ecclesiastical Embroidery Pattern

Future Projects Design Time

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.

Ecclesiastical Design Idea Book

Results of Organization Weekend

Starting with a plan for a quick cleanup, it evolved into a comprehensive overhaul of scattered Ecclesiastical Sewing and Embroidery ideas. What began as a simple task extended into organizing notebooks, sorting patterns, and creating a system. Nine 3-ring binders later, everything has its place, labeled and easily accessible. This newfound order brings joy, making it quicker to find project details.

Summer Travels and Unexpected Surprises!

Summer travels brought unexpected surprises for the Ecclesiastical Sewing family in Montana. A visit to the Ursuline Center revealed a hidden treasure—a Sister’s art studio in the tower, showcasing two hand-painted Ecclesiastical Banners. One banner displayed signs of age with faded beauty, intricate details, and gold bullion fringe. The banners’ origin and age are unknown, making them even more intriguing.

Chalice Veil Alethea Wiel

Weekend Reading and Musing

Weekend thoughts on Church Sewing: Looking at a Chalice Veil design from “Design for Church Embroidery” by R.A. Alethea Wiel. It has an Agnus Dei and four angels, each symbolizing something. The balanced design, shapes, and careful placement make it beautiful. Thinking about its artistry makes us wonder about true beauty in modern designs and what we can learn. Also, seeing the design in Or Nue embroidery on different platforms adds a touch of history.