I was honored to make these church linens for a mother to give her son upon his ministerial ordination this very Sunday. This thoughtful mother has made up a gift package that includes these and other items her son will need as he pursues his calling.
Made of very fine linen, two communion napkins (or “veils”) to cover the elements were embroidered, hemstitched and edged with tatting. The napkin corners were rounded because mitering tatting is way above my skill level.
Pin stitch was worked around the perimeter with a #100 sharp needle. I’ve learned that using a wing needle with tatting is a recipe for disaster. But stitching slowly and carefully with the sharp, there were no tatting casualties.
The baptismal lavabo is made from a blank linen guest towel with three rows of hemstitching.
I had a hard time coming up with a design that suited me. What I wanted was a simple baptismal shell with three water drops symbolic of the trinity. After an extensive and unproductive search of both my design library and on-line designs, I finally bought this design from Embroidery Library, deleted the green scroll and rotated the shell. Continue reading