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Summer Travels and Unexpected Surprises!

Summer vacation this year meant a road trip to Montana, for the Ecclesiastical Sewing family.  The drive is long, and there is often not much to see from Minnesota, across North Dakota and through Eastern Montana.  The further west we traveled, the more the surprises started to pop up. In over  25 years of traveling between these states, I had yet to ever see Eastern Montana in any state except various shades of browns and golds, or white with snow. This year was a shocking surprise. Eastern Montana was Beautiful! It… Read more Summer Travels and Unexpected Surprises!

A Quick Tidy Up

Moving from one project to another in Ecclesiastical Sewing and Ecclesiastical Embroidery often involves doing various amounts of research and reading.  One of the major problems with this in the past was organization. Over the years, I have been able to develop a nice reference library on the topics of Design and Sewing, and most recently, I have been adding Ecclesiastical works to the collection. When something comes up, the most challenging part has been, where to find the needed book for reference.  There was no specific area devoted to… Read more A Quick Tidy Up

Weekend Reading and Musing

Last week, I mentioned receiving several new books relating to the topics of Ecclesiastical Sewing and Ecclesiastical Embroidery, or Church Embroidery.  In case you missed the article, you can check it out the post New Books, New Information. I was sharing information about a book entitled Design for Church Embroidery by R.A. Alethea Wiel.  The book, available online through Google Books, is a resource book of embroidery pattern designs for various vestment and altar furnishings such as chalice veils, pulpit falls, and altar frontals. While flipping through the pages and reading… Read more Weekend Reading and Musing

Goldwork and Meandering Thoughts

A small amount of stitching has been added to the Easter Set Pulpit Fall.  The amount is almost not worth mentioning at this point, expect for the fact that it is a stitching technique that I have never tried, but have often admired in the works of others. I have read about the various versions of the Italian Stitch as I talked about last week here: https://ecclesiasticalsewing.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/sources-of-inspiration-from-lucy-mackrille/ The biggest challenge I find with Ecclesiastical Sewing and Ecclesiastical Embroidery is fear.  Fear that what I try may not turn out well enough… Read more Goldwork and Meandering Thoughts

Pouncing with the Blues

Everything is out and ready to transfer the Ecclesiastical Embroidery patterns for the trial run.  Yesterday, I showed you the new transfer products that were purchased while traveling over the summer.  Today is the day. It is time to test them out and see how they work  on white fabrics.  The goal is to have something that will show up with a clean, crisp line that is visible when stitching, but….. and this is the big part.  It must not leave residue on the white floss and must be able… Read more Pouncing with the Blues