I am inaugurating the “Sacred Threads” thread! I decided, quite on my own (and with a little help from God and Moses!) that the Sabbath is a day of rest, not a day of dissertation! After an hour of looking appropriately pious at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Harrisburg, PA (my field trip for the week!), I went out in search of the next sewing project. The “Braid Embellishments” article in the last issue of Threads is still very much on my mind.
[If you have no idea who I am or what this is about, see the threads on “Vestments” and “Braid Embellishments”!]
A couple of discoveries…
1) The chasuble pattern that I have been using seems to have been yanked from the Simplicity catalog. It is Simplicity #7950. I have mixed feeling about its absence. On the one hand, it was not a great pattern and needed a lot of alteration. On the other hand, it was a great place to start for poor people like me who have no clue when it comes to pattern drafting!
2) I found a pattern for a “clergy shirt” (the shirt for priests, and seminarians I guess, that has the little white box at the throat–irreverently referred to as a postage stamp!). That is Simplicity #7187. If you are looking for such a thing, it is there for the taking. It is designed for men. There might be something in the blouses/shirts section for women. I did not even think to look, and I apologize for that.
I have a question. I changed the chasuble pattern (Simplicity 7950) quite a bit and came up with something that I think is a bit more on track with current chasuble designs and that fixes some flaws in the pattern. It also has a lot more design options. Is there any way that I can offer my pattern to Simplicity as an “upgrade”? My pattern would probably need some corrections by a professional, but I have had good reviews on it so far from people who wear the chasubles!
Now–the braid embellishments! I want to make a stole based on the article in the last issue of Threads. I bought a couple of yards of ivory cross-stitch fabric for the background, and some felt for stabilizer. The braid that the article refers to is only sold in white/ivory in Jo-Ann’s. I miss the days when there was a choice of fabric stores! I settled for something similar in a forest green. Now I am collecting embellishment materials. The rat-tail that the article refers to is sold in red, black, white and green in the above-mentioned chain. Has anyone in the Washington, DC metro area seen it in any other colors? The pictures in the article have such lovely colors! I thought I might try G-Street next Sunday. DC and Baltimore are not that far away, and I promise I will work on my dissertation all week!