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.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016
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
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
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
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
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.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
This purple stole was custom made for a customer. The little cross on the back, shown above, measures 1.25" tall. The fabric is high quality Kona cotton. The back is black Kona cotton (so it won't slide off your lap when you're sitting down). See all the stoles here.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Just listed today, this red/brown/gold abstract print clergy stole would make a nice gift for a pastor's ordination ceremony or other special occasion. Add a white cross for no extra charge.
See more about this clergy stole on Etsy: Red Autumn Clergy Stole.
Monday, January 18, 2016
This is the first in a new series of clergy stoles made with fabrics from all over Africa. The fabrics include wax prints and batiks. See details here.