The new issue of Threads (Sept 2003) has an intriguing article on repeat and reverse embellishments. For those of you who have NOT been following the “Vestments” thread, I am a Catholic Sister in Los Angeles and I have a hobby of making Liturgical Vestments. I am still at the amateur stage, but having fun. We use a long stole in our services, that hangs down the front to mid-shin level, and meets in a mitered point at the back. These are often embellished with designs. It seems that this braid embellishment would be a fun project for a stole or even the front of a chasuble.
Two questions occur to my pragmatic little brain…
1) What is the best way to stabilize this? I have not embroidered long pieces that hang, and I assume the weight of the embroidery/embellishment pulls the fabric quite a bit.
2) Liturgy is messier than it looks! I don’t make things so that they can hang in closets and not get used! This creation will have to get cleaned. Do all this little beads, etc. dry clean well? Words of wisdom, anyone?