Monastic Chasubles and Stole: A New Collection Pugin Style

There is a new project underway in the Ecclesiastical Sewing Workroom. Well, that is not quite true. There are multiple new projects in the works. Some days it seems like… Read more Monastic Chasubles and Stole: A New Collection Pugin Style

Finished Stoles: Fairford Black/Gold

The evening hour is late, and the Ecclesiastical workroom is still out of commission. Thankfully, the set of Pastoral Stoles were completed on time for the parting gift for our vacancy Pastor. With photographic apologies as there is no place to properly take photos at our church, here is the black and gold pastoral stole created for  use on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This liturgical stole is simple, made from black silk dupioni as a fabric base. The cost of a stole length of Dupioni is around $12 to… Read more Finished Stoles: Fairford Black/Gold

Orphrey Bands for Altar Frontal

Yes, it is true. The Ecclesiastical Sewing workroom is gone. There is nothing there at the moment except an empty room, with carpet badly soiled from construction dust and dirt. Gone is the cutting table and sewing table, the book-case and the vintage books, the fabrics and trims. It is an odd feeling to have what was an organized workroom completely disassembled. There is a bit of construction going on, both upstairs and down, and it should wrap up in one more week! And then it will be exciting to… Read more Orphrey Bands for Altar Frontal

Sewing Galloon Trim to Orphrey Bands

Tonight we will take a short look at applying galloon trim to an orphrey band. The orphrey bands are being placed on a pastoral stole.  We have been looking at stoles for a while, but there is so much ground to cover when it comes to making a stole. Many of these tips and techniques can help give a stole that polished professional look when completed. But no need to worry. Making stoles is a process, as are all Ecclesiastical Sewing Projects. It takes time, patience, a bit of looking… Read more Sewing Galloon Trim to Orphrey Bands

Ecclesiastical Braids and Galloons: Finding the Right Trim

“Details” is one of those words that can be embraced to take an Ecclesiastical Sewing project from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Taking the time to add an extra touch or to ensure a curve hits are just the right spot, or that a seam is sewn straight can make all of the difference in the world to a finished church vestment project. And there are other times when details may not matter in the least. The important thing is learning which details are important and crucial to make a… Read more Ecclesiastical Braids and Galloons: Finding the Right Trim

How to Cut Orphrey Bands

I admit. I am in a bit of a quandary and there is no way out. It never fails to happen. I have know that a set of pastoral stoles need to be completed for a young pastor. His first call was with a parish that had stoles, so he never had the need to acquire his own set of Pastoral stoles. Then he came to our church, and we do not have stoles for every season in the church year.  And so, as the seasons come along, a few… Read more How to Cut Orphrey Bands

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
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