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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.







Clergy Stole


What a joy it was  to make this stole for our young, exceptional pastor! He has   the wisdom, powerful teaching and Biblical understanding of a much older, more experienced pastor.  Our church is growing in leaps and bounds with his leadership.

Sunday in  the pulpit he wears a suit and tie. A traditional black robe hangs in his closet, but he said he doesn’t wear it because without a stole he looks like a judge.  Hmmmm…I thought, I could make one!   How hard could it be?  How long could it take?

Well, let me tell you this one was not hard but it did take a very long time.   Operator error again.  I made so many mistakes!

Whenever I take on a project unlike any I have made, I like to research the subject to get a comprehensive view of just what is involved.  Google took me to a lot of blogs and sites for free patterns.  Pinterest took me on that same route. Both have numerous free patterns, mostly labeled quick and easy.  I didn’t want quick an easy.  I wanted good.  So I looked further.



Again and again, the name Elizabeth Morgan came up,  listing her patterns and  book, Sewing Church Linens.  Aha!  I had purchased that book in anticipation of working with my dear Aunt Rheeta to make a communion cloth for her church.   But the book did not address stole making.



At her web site, www.churchlinens.com,  there were so many inspiration photos.  I read about her stole teaching kit and called to order it. What a charming lady she is!  She feels strongly that, for so many reasons, church vestments should be sewn by the congregation.  It is a blessing for both the sewists and the church to use their talents for the glory of God.

During our lovely and lengthy chat, I learned that Elizabeth is 82 years old and  has been making clergy stoles and church vestments for 30 years.  She is the stole guru I had been seeking!  She is without question the guru with decades of experience and one who teaches seminars around the country on the subject of church sewing.  Elizabeth Morgan is one who is willing to hold my hand and mentor me as I began this new sewing adventure.

In our chat, Elizabeth dircted me to Deb Schneider at Windstar Embroidery Designs.  Deb has digitized classic and vintage liturgical embroidery designs from an 1850 book of hand embroidery liturgical designs. Windstar also offers a huge variety of other designs, but my focus was on the religious category.

Wow!  This site was had me planning a baptism stole, a communion stole, stoles for weddings, advent, Easter, Pentecost and more!  (Can you see how I get a little carried away?)  I ordered this design (along with several 2  yard cuts of dupioni in white, green, red and gold).  And now I’m thinking about making pulpit drapes and more from the scraps.


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