Creating a custom item for a client is often a pleasant path for all concerned. Existing work inspires possibilities for forming a specific product. Familiar techniques and materials are combined in fresh ways to make a unique studio crafted item.
The lower center photograph depicts the materials and motif placement for a stole evolving from the one on the left. The client amended my choice for the flame fabric, noting that the flame is specified to be red.. I added red paint to the orange fabric.
I sent the photo of the near completed stole for approval. While she and I both liked the shell sequins at the end of each curve, she was not sure the recipient would. I checked that I could apply sealant to the knot without affecting the fabric and let her know we were good to go. If the beaded bits are too fussy for him, they can easily be snipped off.
We display vestments here at Studio Three 17, and on Fibergig’s Facebook, Pinterest, and Etsy locations. Get inspired and contact us about customization. Many of our techniques and materials translate into secular garments and accessories. Consider the possibilities.
Advent, my favorite liturgical season, suggests mystery and anticipation. What’s happening? and When? I never cared for magic as a child, but I did love the present making and wrapping and the cookie baking that filled time in December. I even bought into cleaning because that preceded the decorating and then company and festivities! My mother is not alive to verify or contradict this interpretation of family history. This is the Advent I am remembering now.
The blue stole pictured here is designed for a congregation as a gift to the interns that share time with them. If I were a practical person about Advent, I would have designed something easier to duplicate. I desired to create a background that suggests mystery, order, and energy. I delight when I return to this design. It takes me into Advent.
Spirals are cut from blue prints, arranged on the background fabric and fused down. The stole shape is cut from the fabric. A double grid is stitched on point. one set of lines created with variegated rayon thread and the other with couched yarn. I could stop right there, if this were a project to make me happy.
The dove, a defining symbol for the congregation, holds a gold rope to which an anchor cross is attached. As a former member of this congregation, I know it is a community filled with the Spirit and anchored in faith. I like how the rope winds around the stole and down the other side, a bit of mystery in that also.
It has been a delight to work on Advent stoles in June. I am pondering Christmas cookies as I write. What would bring the anticipation of Christmas to you today?