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The Prick and Pounce technique involves using a needle and powdered ink to transfer a design from a piece of paper to fabric. To use this technique, you poke small holes along the design lines with a needle while placing a printed design on the fabric. These create a pattern of tiny dots. Then, brush these dots with a mixture of powdered ink and chalk, leaving an outline of the design on the fabric. You can easily trace and fill in this outline with embroidery stitches, resulting in a beautiful and accurate design.

This technique is widely used in various types of embroidery projects, such as crewel, cross-stitch, and stumpwork. It is a precise and efficient way to transfer complex designs onto fabric without having to draw them by hand. Embroiderers particularly find the prick-and-pounce method useful for intricate designs, especially for old vintage artwork. It allows for accurate placement and alignment of the design elements. Using this effective technique can create beautiful embroidery designs, the same as our example below.

Vintage Liturgical Embroidery Patterns

More Vintage Liturgical Embroidery Patterns

A collection of historic designs on aged paper dating from the 1870s to around 1940 and beyond. The collection includes original works by renowned designers from the Gothic age spanning the last two centuries, including perforated designs and transfers sourced from an antique Thomas Brown and Sons catalog. The designs are currently undergoing verification after a thorough historical tracing. It’s important to document and preserve this collection for future generations as a valuable resource for study and learning.

Ecclesiastical Hand Embroidery Pattern Cross Design

The Process of Making Vintage Embroidery Patterns Usable

Vintage ecclesiastical embroidery patterns, mostly 100+ years old, delicate on aged paper. Fragile and creased, the paper poses challenges for fabric transfer; the slightest touch risks damage. Despite their impracticality in original condition, efforts are made to add new life. The best solution involves creating clean versions through scanning the original design, though it’s a challenging process.

Embroidery Design of Archangel

Ecclesiastical Pattern Cataloging

Collection of vintage Ecclesiastical Embroidery Designs, Drawings, and Patterns.
– The collection dates from the 1870s, and includes a wide variety of items, both in terms of content and quality, as well as size. The process of identifying the designs in the collection will take months. So, let us wait for the entire collection of Ecclesiastical Hand Embroidery Patterns to be cataloged.

Easter Sunrise Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design

Easter Sunrise Hand Embroidery Design

This treasure comes from a rare copy of a German book that arrived over the Christmas Holidays.  The original design is very small.  When it is enlarged on a copier, the design loses definition and the pixels become an issue. This seemed appropriate as a first challenge with the graphics program. Lots of straight lines, a circle, and a few wavy lines for rocks.

Color guide on a hand embroidery pattern

Rare Find Part II

The Monastery’s Ecclesiastical Embroidery Designs are truly amazing. What stands out is that many of these beautiful designs originated from understanding of geometry, design, scale and proportion. The Sisters, who created these designs, studied theology, understood the history and meaning behind symbols, and skillfully combined all this knowledge to create stunning Ecclesiastical Designs.

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.

Preparing the Advent Pulpit Fall Design

This Advent Vestment set is designed for a shorter lifespan, around 5 to 15 years. The construction process allows for quicker techniques, like using fusible web for the appliqué. Appliqué parts, cut from Silk Dupioni and a cotton/linen blend for the flesh tones, are ironed in place for easy and accurate positioning. The traced design on the blue silk aids in precise placement. While traditional methods may have used homemade paste, the use of fusible web aligns with the project’s practical goals.

Iron on Ecclesiastical Embroidery Transfers, religious machine embroidery designs

Vintage Ecclesiastical Embroidery Transfer Treasures

Discovering hidden treasures in vintage Ecclesiastical Embroidery transfers is always exciting. While exploring a worn book, unexpected finds emerged, including a small iron-on transfer suitable for stole ends or whitework on Church Linens. Moreover, a larger transfer sheet with four designs, and another long and narrow design, provided valuable resources for enhancing Ecclesiastical Embroidery projects.

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.

Lining up Silk Dupioni on Alba Maxima Linen

A Simple Design Framed Up

Beginning the IHS Embroidery design project after a weekend of preparations. Silk Dupioni and Alba Maxima linen framed up, with the Evertite Frame chosen despite size constraints. Aligning and stretching the silk carefully, the design is transferred using a homemade charcoal and blue quilt pounce mixture. Success in the transfer marks the start of drawing lines and initiating the first stitches in this Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design.

New Ecclesiastical Embroidery Pattern

Future Projects Design Time

Working on a design for the Rose Vestment Set, specifically for Gaudete Sunday and Laetare Sunday. The IHS Ecclesiastical Embroidery pattern is simple yet elegant, featuring the symbolic IHS with a cross, framed by quatrefoil designs. The meticulous transfer process is underway, using a homemade pricker and pounce method. Looking forward to the stitching phase and hoping this pattern adds beauty to Rose Vestments in worship.