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...