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Tag: Ecclesiastical Vestments

Part I: The Amice—Norris

Over the next few days I would like to talk to you about certain ecclesiastical vestments that are worn on the head. Often we focus our gaze on the voluptuous garments that cover our ministers of the church. It is important to know each distinct garment and its history. Based in practical reasoning, traditions are now carried on without knowing the origin. When we travel to Europe, view exhibits in a museum, or look in old volumes, we see all kinds of garments that our ministers no longer wear, or… Read more Part I: The Amice—Norris

Vestment Making in the News

Winter has arrived in Northern Minnesota. The air is chilly, or rather, cold! And it will get colder before it warms up. This will be a good weekend to slowly start some new projects and wrap up some some overdue cleanup. The fall had many weeks of photo shoots and editing sessions in preparation for the new Ecclesiastical Sewing website, and then there was a last-minute remodel prior to a family wedding. It was fun, exciting, and everything went better than one could hope. And then it was all over,… Read more Vestment Making in the News

Orphrey Bands for Pastoral Stoles

The use of orphrey bands for trimming pastoral stoles opens an endless array of design possibilities. Many of you might be familiar with using orphreys as a means of adding design details to ecclesiastical sewing projects, while others may be wondering what exactly does this word mean, and how does one pronounce it.  Orphreys are decorative bands or ornamental borders used on items, especially Ecclesiastical items, such as church vestments and altar hangings. In French Orphron, which Du Cange explains by Frange d’ or. It signifies a band or bands… Read more Orphrey Bands for Pastoral Stoles