Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Custom Stole for Weddings and Funerals


This pure white cotton stole with a gold embroidered applique cross was custom made for a pastor who plans to wear it for weddings and funerals. It would also be perfect for Christmas and Easter. 

As I was making this, it was snowing outside my window. Lots of white. Beautiful.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

New Mosaic Clergy Stole



This fused mosaic clergy stole is the newest item in my Etsy shop: Shadrach's. I finished it last night, just in time for Advent. It's made from Kona cotton: black, royal blue and turquoise. On my screen the turquoise looks washed out but it's actually quite brilliant. I love this color combination. It's relaxing to cut and arrange the "tiles" in alternating clusters of blue and turquoise.




Sunday, November 27, 2016

New Clergy Stole with Antique Buttons


 This new clergy stole features 433 vintage buttons sewn in a wavy organic river pattern. It is the newest stole listed on Shadrach's.

The buttons are from the 1800's and 1900's. People used to save buttons from worn out clothing. Eventually they ended up in rummage sales and antique shops. That's where I found them. Some are ordinary, others are interesting, like the bovine bone buttons with 2 large holes. Some of the buttons are square. They are mostly white and off-white, with some brown and a few other colors.

These buttons represent the history of those who wore them to school and work, to worship, to weddings and births, in illness, at sea, and possibly in the Civil War.


See more details here.



I will try to replace these photos with ones that show a better view of the buttons. In these photos the buttons are too bright. They are actually more varied and interesting than this.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Red Mosaic Stole


I like the red mosaic stole even more than the blue one. This stole has 6 shades of red, rust and purple, with just a little blue. I love how the blue "pops." To see more details, click here: Red Mosaic Clergy Stole.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New Handmade Mosaic Clergy Stoles



Twelve shades of blue, turquoise and purple fabrics were cut by hand and arranged on this black clergy stole for a pleasing mosaic effect. Reminiscent of a stained glass window. See stole details here. This is the first in a series. The second mosaic style stole is in the works now, in shades of red.



Monday, August 29, 2016

Handwoven Guatemalan Fabric Makes a Great Stole



I made this clergy stole using fabric that was handwoven in Guatemala. It was purchased from a vendor of international textiles in Dallas, TX. The quality of the weaving is excellent. Some of the tiny stripes are only one thread wide. The rich colors include red, orange, yellow, cobalt blue, green, and a little black and white. This fabric has a nice hand, slightly coarse compared to an Oxford shirt.

To see more about this handwoven stole, click here.





Sunday, August 28, 2016

Solid Rock Design Clergy Stole


On a recent trip to Oregon I found this unusual fabric that looks like granite or marble. It has 17 shades of brown and gray. I've never seen a fabric like this before. Makes for a one-of-a-kind stole.

Click here to see more about this "Solid Rock" clergy stole.