The tradition within the church is to use a Pall to cover the coffin for funerals. At the time of Pugin (early to mid-1800s), Palls were elaborate items, often embellished with extensive embroidery and gold work. Palls are still used today to cover a coffin during a funeral service. They are frequently white in color with a cross or other appropriate design applied. While churches may own a Pall for covering a coffin, they may not have a pall for covering an urn. The use of urns to replace large coffins is becoming more common.
To test a pattern for a Chalice Veil at Ecclesiastical Sewing. I used red silk dupioni for the face fabric, satin for the lining, and Evesham brocade for the orphrey band, trimmed with Saint Benet trim. The process involved measuring, cutting, and adding the orphrey band and trim. Basting the trim before sewing helped ensure it stayed straight. After completing the orphrey band, I stitched it to the silk, applied a cross with an iron, and hand-stitched the lining. The final result is a beautiful Chalice Veil in the Saint Gregory Collection of Vestments.
Evesham, which is made from silk fibers, comes in two different pattern scales: a large size pattern, and a small pattern. With two sizes of scales of patterns to select from, The project will combine the use of both the large and small patterns of Evesham.
Reversible Wakefield is a stunning Metallic Ecclesiastical Fabric – a brocatelle. This liturgical fabric features an elaborately textured weave that adds depth and dimension to the design details.