Headwear Part III: The Tiara—Norris

This is the third and final installment about headwear for this three part series. Already we have learned about the Amice and the Mitre. Today’s vestment is very distinct as… Read more Headwear Part III: The Tiara—Norris

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

Amice Design Ideas

One of my favorite things when it comes to Ecclesiastical Sewing is working with Linen. Working with linen is like working with a new clean slate. As it rolls of the tube, completely wrinkle free (at least for the moment), with its crisp hand and lovely feel, one quickly gets a sense that this is a special fabric. There is so much to share about this lovely fabric. But for tonight, due to computer update issues, I will only share this lovely photo of a linen amice. Many of us… Read more Amice Design Ideas

Whitework Altar Linens

There are several whitework altar linen projects waiting in the wings in what has now become the Ecclesiastical Sewing workroom.  Church vestment pattern making is going full steam at the moment, and you know what a job pattern making does to the workroom. There are papers of all sizes, rulers and markers, pencils and tape scattered a muck. Yikes! Try as one might, disorder reigns during the pattern making process. One pattern making project, a monastic choir alb, is almost at the point of completion.  Pattern making is a process… Read more Whitework Altar Linens

What Vestments Does a Priest Need: Part 2

After the busy Holy Week and Easter Services, it was time for a quick trip south for a few short days. The days were warm and pleasant, the flowers and trees were in blossom, and everything was green. Nothing is in bloom yet in Minnesota, so I will have the chance to re-enjoy spring a second time later this year. Now that I am back, and waiting for spring number two, it is time to resume work on a few Ecclesiastical Sewing projects. Today, being a travel day, was too exhausting to… Read more What Vestments Does a Priest Need: Part 2
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