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Goldwork appliques add beauty to any liturgical vestment or altar hanging. Ecclesiastical Sewing often makes these appliques with metallic threads, including gold and silver, and can create intricate designs that enhance any garment’s depth and beauty. Religious tradition is steeped in these appliques, as they have been used in churches and other places of worship for centuries.

If you want to include goldwork appliques in your liturgical designs, we, offer a collection of quality appliques. We also cater to various design styles. Ecclesiastical Sewing has something to fit every aesthetic and budget, from simple crosses to complex religious motifs. You can use these appliques to enhance altar frontals, chasubles, stoles, and other liturgical vestments.

So, if you want to elevate the beauty of your liturgical garments or altar hangings, consider goldwork appliques from us. Turning your design to create something truly special.

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The Last Sky stitches are in on the Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei Neglected but not Forgotten

The Two Agnus Die projects for the Easter Set, the gold thread used for couching the blue silk sky is a Gilt Smooth Passing Thread size 4 with a silk core. The thread is imported from Access Commodities here in the States and is available from Hedgehog Handworks.  The Gilt threads have 1/2% gold and are very nice to work with. The silk core makes the thread very pliable and so nice to plunge thread tails – an excellent goldwork thread.

Adding the first strand of Gold Thread

IHS Embroidery Update

IHS Goldwork Embroidery for the Rose Vestment Set Altar Frontal. Inspired by a detailed Fleur end in a design notebook, Silk Wrapped Purl was used for the cross. The technique involves a central line splitting into two at the Fleur ends. Adding a second gold thread using the “turn one, cut one method” from the A to Z Goldwork Book by Inspirations

Stitches come up on the outside of the threads

Goldwork Progress

Tips and techniques that can make goldwork progress
– IHS Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design for a Rose Vestment Set. Using the couching technique, she starts with horizontal and vertical rows, opting for a turn-one, plunge-one method to manage thread ends. The needle is placed between gold threads, angled under the previous row, and pulled tight. The chosen couching style creates a brick pattern with alternating stitch placement…

goldwork embroidery

Challenges with Goldwork Embroidery

At the start of the goldwork embroidery project, there were some issues. The gold threads got stuck and wouldn’t go through as planned. Despite trying different things, they just wouldn’t cooperate. The problem was found—it was the muslin backing causing entanglement between layers. So, the decision was made to start over. The silk dupioni was securely attached to the Alba Maxima Linen, allowing for corrections. This time, the plan is to stitch from the center outward, hoping for a smoother process.

Nearing the end of the upper sky on the Angus Dei Ecclesiastical Embroidery Project

Large Agnus Dei Update

In the Agnus Dei Ecclesiastical Embroidery Project, significant progress has been made on the upper sky. Using long-laid stitches and horizontal guide marks, the detailed stitching maintains parallel and straight alignment. Frequent thread changes are necessary due to the 6 1/2″ stitch width, but the process speeds up as intricate details around the cross are left behind. The joy of completing a major portion of the sky-laid work is evident, with two-thirds now finished.

Goldwork threads ready for plunging on IHS Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design

IHS Ecclesiastical Embroidery A Little Progress

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 largest Ecclesiastical Embroidered Agnus Dei measures just under 15" in size.

The Second Lamb in The Tale of Two Lambs

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.

IHS Ecclesiastical Design First Stitches

IHS Ecclesiastical Design First Stitches

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,

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.

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.