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Sewing Ho-Hum and Holy Holy

Life at our house goes on at a breakneck pace, causing me to neglect posting as regularly as I would like.  But my sewing room is a beehive of unreported activity, not all of it very interesting.

Wouldn’t you love to sew only creative, fun items?  Does anyone get to do that?   Check out an earlier ho-hum post for an interesting view of what constitutes fun sewing elsewhere, like  “baju kurung, kebaya, punjabi suit.” Just how much fun would it be to sew a punjabi suit? More fun than I had with these projects.



But duty calls and I have a running list of  ho-hum sewing which is in addition to routine mending.  These ho-hums become occasions for which my sewing machines can actually save some money.  While there is no creative satisfaction, there is the satisfaction of contributing to the family, being a helpmate to my dear husband, and  satisfaction in proving that my Brother Dream Machine is more than just an expensive toy.


Mending pool leaf filter baskets….yawn…


How’s this for ho-hum”?  These basket liners for our pool leaf filter cost about $15 each.  Regularly, the netting tears and requires replacement OR ho-hum mending.  Can any of you dear readers beat this for ho-hum?



I didn’t even bother to match thread color as I mended the mesh bag with a triple zig zag stitch.  I did, however, cover the bed of my machine with a piece of washway stabilizer to keep the embedded leaf debris from dropping in through the needle hole.  There is nothing pretty or creative about these repairs, but they make my husband grin with each of the 3-4 patches I make before he has to replace the basket liner.

Then there is always puppy damage to deal with.  How ugly is this, Samson’s collar?

triple zig zagged with an added backing of denim


I’ve posted occasionally about our puppies–now exactly 1 year old, 95 lbs each and still growing.


Delilah and Samson, 10 weeks old


We are crazy about their affectionate, calm nature and their intelligence.  But sweet Delilah loves to pull brother Samson’s collar off and chew it up.  This is his third $10 collar since he grew into this size 3 months ago.  And what you see is collar #3’s third repair. That’s a $30 savings.  I just wish I had mended the earlier collars.  Who knew this was to become Delilah’s favorite recreation?

Of course, the savings of the mended collars does little to  make up for my two  pairs of $160 “almost orthopedic” athletic shoes the pups destroyed, along with the $500 custom orthodic inserts.   Even my Dream Machine was unable to fix that!  I have no photos but plenty of grim visual memories.  There was nothing to do but throw them in the trash and order more.

Clearly neither Samson nor Delilah knew that was a bad thing to do or I’m sure that they would not have been so naughty. But as intelligent as they are, I would think they might have figured it out by now.



Holy Holy sewing is much more to my liking.  I love stitching for my church.

embroidered communion linens


Two 20″ hemstitched linen napkins were embroidered with these beautiful liturgical designs from ABC Embroidery’s Christian Symbols collection.  The designs have so much dimension. Currently the set is on sale, marked down from $47 (and well worth it!) to only $19.99.  I have used this collection again and again.  NOTE:  I have no affiliation other than that of a very satisfied customer.

As mentioned in an earlier post, our church burned to the ground several years ago.  Many of the amenities such as these communion linens are slowly being replaced.

I apologize for the poor quality of the photos, but it was late in the afternoon and the shadows on the back porch made it impossible to get a better shot.


This is the embroidery for the presenting corner as it covers the challis.


This design was embroidered on the other three corners.


To cover the communion host, this wheat design was embroidered on the presenting corner of the linen, facing the congregation.



The other corners were embroidered with the wheat design.



There has been more sewing to tell you about, but later.

So what have you been sewing?  Valentine  gifts?  Easter garments?  Please share your projects.  Inquiring minds want to know.







More Church linens

eucharistic corporal (2)ED

The photo has been darkened to show the detail in the design.


Needleworkers–or sewists if you prefer–so often share their time and talents with friends and relatives and charitable organizations. I am especially touched when I hear from readers who do faith-based needlework.  Some have sent pictures which are shared below.

After the previous post about church linens, reader Sandra commented that she too had made eucharistic corporals for relatives. I was delighted to read that  she is, in fact, my Sigma Kappa sorority sister!  That’s just one more benefit of writing this blog!

I asked Sandra if she would send pictures to share and hurrah!  She did.  Here’s what she had to say about the exquisite pieces she made.

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Church Linens

nap lavabo CR


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.


slightly modified design is from ABC  Christian Symbols collection

slightly modified design is from the spectacular  Christian Symbols collection of ABC Embroidery Designs


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

Aunt Rheeta’s Communion Cloth

The linen is white, but the lighting was so poor that I had to edit the picture to show details.



Very few sewing projects have given me as much pleasure and satisfaction as this one. Made 2 years ago, in collaboration with my dear aunt, Rheeta Booth, for her church, this set of liturgical linens includes an altar cloth (cover) and communion veil which covers the elements before communion is served.





Aunt Rheeta was so excited about this project. The exquisite Swiss liturgical lace had been purchased several years before, from Farmhouse Fabrics.    At the time, I had no specific plan but felt certain this exceptional lace it would fill a very special need.




Several years ago, when Aunt Rheeta returned from Russia, where she had served as a missionary, she brought with her a lovely hand embroidered cloth. She donated it to her very small church for use as a communion cloth, but through the years, it had become worn.

During her visit two years ago, we were plundering in the sewing room when I happened upon the lace. The light in her eyes told me it had found its purpose.

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