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Some Drawings of Ancient Embroidery by Mary Barber

A Rare Find

Passionate about Ecclesiastical Embroidery, I’ve collected rare books and found a rare to find book by Mary Barber entitled  Some Drawings of Ancient Embroidery and received three sample designs from a closing monastery’s Art Needlework Department. The designs, featuring a Rose and Thorn, IHC, and Sword and Keys, offer a glimpse into the artistry of Ecclesiastical Embroidery.

Design from Embroidery for Church Guilds by Sarah Cazneau Woodward 1896

Resources for Ecclesiastical Symbols

Looking for Ecclesiastical symbols? Check “Christian Symbols” for a book on Christian symbols and free PDF downloads. “Project Canterbury” has “Embroidery for Church Guilds” with simple designs. “Corpus Christi Watershed” archives complex Catholic Line Art. These resources inspire meaningful Ecclesiastical Embroidery projects.

Augustus Pugin Design Books

Books: The Next Best Thing

Ecclesiastical Sewing explores new books on Ecclesiastical Giants as an alternative to attending the Giants of Gothic Revival event at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The collection includes works by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, such as “Pugin’s Gothic Ornament,” “Pugin’s Floral Ornament,” and “Colored Plates from Pugin’s Ecclesiastical Ornaments.” These books offer insights into Pugin’s intricate designs and patterns, from wood and stone carving to delicate floral motifs. Additionally, Pugin’s “Glossary of Ecclesiastical Ornament and Costume” provides valuable insights into various Ecclesiastical terms.

Vestments From Around the World

Ecclesiastical Sewing, a traditional craft, provides a glimpse into history and tradition. Exploring vestments worldwide on platforms like Pinterest reveals beautiful hand-embroidered pieces from countries like Russia and Ukraine. A document by the Metropolitan Museum of Art explains the differences between Orthodox and Western Church vestments, showcasing the Russian Phelonion. The ornate vestments from 1802 to 1877 feature luxurious materials, gold, silver, bells, and unique garment labels, offering insight into the rich history of ecclesiastical textiles.

Couching threads: Japan Thread in size 1 on two shades of gold and silver, and black cord,Art of Ecclesiastical Embroidery

The Beauty of the Art of Ecclesiastical Embroidery

 The Beauty of the Art of Ecclesiastical Embroidery and the Ecclesiastical Vestments created from embroidery have a long history with the church. Workers, artisans, craftsmen, both men and women, professional embroidered, and laity, over countless millennia, have added beauty to the church with the work of their hands by creating vestments and hangings for use in the worship service.

IHS Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design on Tracing Vellum ready for transfer

Ecclesiastical Embroidery Pattern Solution

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.

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.

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.

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