Friday, June 28, 2013

A stole for Eileen

Eileen came to me with a particular design in mind, one she had incorporated into her invitation to her upcoming ordination. I duplicated the design with white dupioni silk on red dupioni silk that has shots of black in it.... A joyful stole!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Snowy Paraments

Currently in my workbasket.... white paraments for the pulpit. It will be used for Christmas, Easter, funerals, marriages among other times. I am going to call it "Layers" - the design representing the many layers in our lives, community, family, experiences, diversity, wounds, healings, commitments and teachings among others.

Here it is in raw form before being sewed into the final product.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Communion Paraments for Ordinary Time

The custom pulpit paraments below were commissioned by Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church for ordinary time. The design features the trunk, symbolizing the church; leaves, symbolizing both the diversity and outreach activities of the congregation; the grapevine and wheat, representing Christ and holy communion. The traditional Christogram anchors the design.

The hand embroidery was done on dupioni silk using wool, cotton, silk and hand dyed tencel.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


I have spent the weekend sketching, working with colorplay, and seeing what I have on hand before filling in the missing spots. I have some beautiful Midas green dupioni, and will be embroidering something a bit like a 'Tree of Life' design, but with grapes and wheat as pulpit paraments. I thought the hand dyed tencel would translate well into leaves, and the wools into tree bark and grapevine.

Friday, June 8, 2012

David LaMotte's new book 'White Flour'

David LaMotte (beloved son of Montreat) has recently released his second book ‘White Flour’ – a wonderful piece of art that engages the eyes and heart with a colorful explosion of poetry, politics, art and love.
It’s a story about fighting hatred with humor. In Seussian rhyme, it tells the funny and inspiring story of the day that the Ku Klux Klan met the Coup Clutz Clowns,who offered a whimsical and wise retort to their racist rally. The poem that provides the text for the book was inspired by true events in Knoxville in 2007. 

It would be interesting to hear how David would describe himself (and my guess would be firstly as a husband and father) but he certainly is a peacemaker, musician, poet as well as a visionary and leader.  It is a blessing that he shares his passion with us all.
The art of Jenn Hales is delivered with power, joy and talent.  I have such respect for her design vision and it is such a huge part of the reader’s enjoyable experience.
I see both Jenn and David as contributing weavers of our social fabric.   May we be cloaked in, and share in, that message of love.
Here are Jenn and David’s links:
The book is available online and in stores, and can be picked up at the Montreat Bookstore as well.

As a side note:  This book was funded through Kickstarter, and I was a very small part of the the overwhelming response David received in support of his dream. I share that fact only to show you that the journey that this book has taken in its creation and publication is as interesting as the book itself!  It was a neat experience to hear from David the updates on fundraising, production and more.
I encourage you to discover Kickstarter and invest in projects that speak to you.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Witness to Unity

What a wonderful day this is as Katie Ricks has been ordained!! Read more of her story here:

Some details of her stole.... It was a joy to make!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Butterfly Stole - custom order

One white crisp cotton jacquard by Marc Jacobs, an organdy butterfly that was originally to have freestanding wings in silver had to be tacked down with, white mini bugle beads, due to the curl of the organdy. It turned out for the best, I think, a bit more spirited, which is more reflective of the recipient.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Custom Stole ~ A Teaching Garden

I really am thrilled to work with such great clients. My latest delivery, below, came from working with a great customer that wanted all the liturgical colors represented in one stole. The colors made me think of a garden and the flowers that would be powerful with their symbolism.

Here are a few pictures with the flowers and their meanings below...

Bluebells~ humility, gratitude and everlasting love
Lavender ~ devotion, purity, solitude and social justice
Poppies ~ mourning, remembrance and been used to symbolize the blood of Christ
Lily ~ devotion and friendship
Thistles ~ represent the suffering of Christ
Shamrocks ~ the Trinity – St. Patrick used them as a teaching tool
Strawberries ~ I decided to add these to represent the sweetness of God’s words. They traditionally represent humility, modesty and abundance
Olive branch (leaves near strawberries) ~ peace and hope.

This was so much fun to create! Thanks S.M. For being so great to work with!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Butterflies for Ordinary Time

How about some hopeful butterflies to greet the new year?

On a lovely weight green cotton that has a great luster, hand dyed batik is used for the butterflies in a variety of colors. Hand appliqued in Egyptian cotton completes the look.

Now available in my shop!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Workbasket Update

So sorry to have been off the radar, blogwise, these last few weeks. Christmas sewing/creating for friends and family has taken over, and I am looking forward to returning to my workbasket!

Currently waiting for attention: a beautiful lavender design.... The chest ornament is one of Anastasia Dolby's from the late 1800's and I am working on the lower panels which will be a lattice pattern that I will create. This is the last of this particular silk.... Just lovely.

Happy Christmas to you all!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Paraments for Chapel in the Pines

Here are the paraments for Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, NC. An original design on lavender dupioni silk. Hand embroidered in silk and wool.

It was a great experience making something for a group if people dear to my heart. The church is simple but beautiful, and is timber framed. The photos do not do justice to the interior... It feels very cozy inside, yet open with the grand windows.

For the paraments I focused on the personality of the church. The branches represent our individual journeys thus far as a congregation. The pinecones are the members of the congregation. The ribbon symbolizes the Trinity's presence in our lives, and the open design of the ribbon at the end shows that there will always be room for more members and friends...and at it's core, Chapel in the Pines is a welcoming church.

The IHS is, of course, the traditional christogram.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wedding Stoles

In just a bit I will be adding two wedding stoles to my shop on Etsy, and they both come in creamy dupioni. One has a chest detail of hand embroidered 'ribbons' that represent the two partners and a hand beaded circle or 'ring' representing the presence of the Trinity in the relationship.

Next is a simple wedding stole that has hand applied albacon vintage lace (circa 1930s) from France, and hand beading with seed beads as well as crystals, framed in a mass of tiny french (of course!) knots. ;)
This is located on the lower panels of the stole.

I love them both for different reasons... But think both are dreamy...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Progress on the Paraments

Here is a sneak peek on the progress made on the custom work for Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church. This is a detail from one of the two pulpit ribbons.

The pinecones represent the congregation, the ribbon - God's all embracing presence, and the open tail of the ribbon - (not visible in the photo above) that there is always room for more in the church community and they are welcome.

The parament design is anchored by the traditional 'IHS'.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Stole

Perfect for Christmas! Cardinal red dupioni silk on a heavy crisp, detailed white cotton, bordered in matching red french knots embroidered tightly. Check my shop out for availability! :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Far too many days have passed since my best experience ever at a show! The attendees at the conference were absolutely awesome, the volunteers were wonderful, and my customers were great. It was so meaningful to get to know the people who chose to buy my stoles, and a great big "Thank You" goes to them all. It was especially nice to spend the day with my mother at my side, and to have her join in.

I deeply appreciate the generous invitation by Lou East to exhibit and the kind welcome of Cris Rivera as coordinator.

I am in the middle of writing a piece for the blog, but did not want to wait a day longer to give thanks. :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Covenant Network Conference, Durham NC

Please stop by and say hi at my exhibit at the conference today and tomorrow! First Presbyterian Church is hosting this fabulous event, and I am excited to be included!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Winterthur's Incredible Exhibit

With Cunning Needle: Four Centuries of Embroidery

On view in the East Gallery through January 8, 2012
I am trying my best to figure out how to make it to Delaware before January 8th to take advantage of an exquisite exhibition at Winterthur.  The well done gallery guide is such pleasure in to view, I look forward to seeing what other treasures the museum holds!  It has been a very long time since my last visit, and this is a wonderful draw!

I did discover a tidbit about muga silk, which I was not aware of before….the textiles are really amazing in themselves!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Back to the Drawing Board

After taking a few days off from any needlework, I have been able to spend several focused hours tonight simply sketching and planning, and it has felt good! On my task list is to come up with a design for a stole and matching pulpit paraments for a church's first Sunday service in their newly built chapel.

Since this will fall in Advent, I am choosing a lavender dupioni silk....

and am playing around with a variety of designs that reflect the name of the church, Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church, and the welcoming nature of their congregation. We will see... :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lesage Embroidery

Tonight I have entertained myself with watching Lesage discuss his couture embroidery and the contribution of his family's business to the world of design. Unbelievable vision. And although not liturgical, many of these ideas can be brought to life in our practice of worship, in expressing the beauty of God's word.

Check out this video on YouTube: