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Sources of Inspiration from Lucy Mackrille

Where does inspiration come from when it comes to choosing stitches for current projects? There is a vision of the final project for the Easter Set in my mind, but getting there will be an experiment.  Experimenting while stitching along.  Yes, this Ecclesiastical Embroidery Easter Set project is experimental. The good news is that there are certain features that I have seen and admired from the beautiful hand embroidery works of others.  And so, for now, it is helpful to follow along with the advice and inspiration which comes from… Read more Sources of Inspiration from Lucy Mackrille

New Books, New Information

New books are always a treat.  Yesterday, there were several new Ecclesiastical Embroidery books waiting, in their quaint wrappings, for me when I got home from work.  There is always a thrill of excitement and anticipation awaiting the opening of the box, removal of wrappings and taking that first peak and flip through of the pages. So last night, there were four books on the counter.  I would like to share a tidbit of one of them with you.  The book is entitled Design for Church Embroidery by R.A., Althea… Read more New Books, New Information

Under Way with First Stitches!

Sometimes it is difficult to take the plunge and take those first stitches on a new Ecclesiastical Embroidery project.  I have had my embroidery floss out, and have contemplated color selections. Since this is a rather big project, and I really want it to turn out well, there are a few embroidery techniques that I really like and plan on using. There are also a few favorites that will give the  effect that will suit the occasion and purpose of this piece.  So here goes, the first thread is selected… Read more Under Way with First Stitches!

Paper Matters

The other day, I posted about framing up my next Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design for the Easter Set pulpit fall https://ecclesiasticalsewing.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/all-framed-up-and-ready-to-stitch/ And I have to confess. The pouncing did not go as well as it usually does because of the error that happened at the printers.  Paper Matters. Let me explain. As I had mentioned before, the design for the pulpit fall came from a very old embroidery book.  I blew the Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design up on the copier, and used my home-made light box to retrace the design.  I had a… Read more Paper Matters

Surplice Directions in the works

A dear friend has issued a challenge. That challenge is to create clear and easy step by step instructions for sewing a square-yoke surplice.  Today, I took her at her word, and went to work.  I have several very old, as in 19th century old, vestment books which are dear to my heart.  Those were pulled out and the studying began.  The square-yoke surplice has a two-piece yoke.  Following some old technical drawings, it did not take long to have a pattern drafted up.  That was the easy part.  It… Read more Surplice Directions in the works

White Garment for Holy Baptism

Today we celebrated Holy Baptism for an infant girl in our congregation.  As part of the Order of Holy Baptism, the Pastor places a white garment on the child signifying putting on the Holiness of Christ.   This is a rather simple little item to make up.  It consists of a front and back piece, with a tiny neckline curved for front and back.  One shoulder seam is sewn, the other has snaps.  On the front of the garment, an appropriate design such as a cross or a shell may… Read more White Garment for Holy Baptism

All framed up and ready to stitch

Yesterday, I showed you the framing of my next hand embroidery project.  It is the Ecclesiastical Embroidery design for the  Pulpit fall for the new Easter Set.  The Ecclesiastical Embroidery design features a cross in the center of a circle. The bars on the cross have detailed floral motifs.  At the center of the cross is a Chi-Rho with an Alpha and Omega on either side in a modified quatrefoil  design.  There are some lovely lilies in the corners between the bars of the cross.   This is a design… Read more All framed up and ready to stitch

All in a Day’s Work

Before the day is over, it’s time to share a quick update in Ecclesiastical Sewing on the newest Ecclesiastical Embroidery Design project for the Easter Pulpit Fall https://ecclesiasticalsewing.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/93/.  This is the design I shared a few days ago.  After a few detours, tonight I am happy to announce the linen is in the frame.  With any luck, by tomorrow, the pouncing and tracing will be finished. I have not had a chance to use the Millennium Frames from Needle Needs yet. There must always be a first time for everything.  Not… Read more All in a Day’s Work