Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The Green Stole

Pretty sure I hinted somewhere along the line that in making the blue liturgical stole for our son, Kendall, and the white one, that those wouldn't be the end of my stole-making. Though he's already acquired several in a variety of colors, he's hinted that eventually he'd like mom-made stoles in a whole range of colors. After taking a quick look at a liturgical calendar, I realized the next season, Time after Pentecost, was rapidly approaching. This season of the church year is the longest, running this year from May 23 through November 27, and is affectionately called the long green season.

At any rate, green was obviously the next color I needed to tackle, and for the exterior and lining fabrics I chose Essex Yarn Dyed in Palm and Kona Peridot. Somewhere, I'd seen a simple cross block that would work well in my improvisational style, so I did my best to create something similar, one for each side of the stole.

The improv crosses were inserted near the lower edge of the stole fronts, and otherwise, that Essex was the main feature.

Where with the two previous stoles - here and here - I'd interfaced with Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece, this time I tried something much lighter, fusible Pellon SF101. It's about my favorite interfacing, and I'm anxious to see what Kendall thinks about the weight and drape. For me, I was mostly trying to prevent some of the wrinkling that I felt happened on the white stole. At any rate, from first glance, it looks to have been a good choice.

For this stole, I ordered a Soft Gold Metallic Cross Applique from Ecclesiastical Sewing for the back neck. The cross is machine-embroidered, and 2" high and wide. It had an iron-on backing, so I did that to secure placement; and then used Aurifil Monofilament to machine-stitch around the edges

Thank goodness for the beautiful Aurifil 50wt 1231 [Spring Green] that matched the Kona Peridot almost perfectly, as sewing the weights in the bottom of the lining wasn't a perfect science. Due to the lighter interfacing, I sewed three weights (aka pennies) in on each side, so again, I'm anxious to hear from Kendall what he thinks about that for future reference.

So the stole just arrived to Kendall, and he'll be able to try it out in a couple of weeks. I'm hoping, of course, that it's a welcome addition to his collection of stoles.


  1. I think that is so special! Your son must be proud to wear them, and no doubt you are a pretty proud mama, too! ❤️

  2. He will love it. It's beautiful!

  3. This is beautiful!

  4. I love that you made this for your pastor-son. I can imagine how proud you feel about him, and the stole he'll wear. It's just the perfect thing for you to make using your improv-y style, and talents. You might guess that I adore that Essex Palm color,. It's interesting to know your thoughts about interfacing too, and you're genius to think to weigh the stole with pennies! I bet Kendall will have only good things to say about it, and you'll be sewing-up the next liturgical color before you know it.

  5. I look forward to hearing what Kendall thinks of his new stole. So fun that you can make them for him (and that he wants you to!). The greens you chose are so pretty, and the cross blocks are very cool!

  6. 'The long green season' I like that. Super finish and your improv cross blocks are great! Thanks for the tip on Pellon SF101.

  7. The Essex Yarn Dye is stunning! I hope he gets you good feedback so you can keep making tweaks on the stoles you make. :)

  8. What a beautiful stole. We had a pastor who loved the liturgical seasons and I had a wonderful time working with her to design and make some banners for the worship space. The Essex linen seems like a great option for a stole.

    1. Thank you! Very cool what you got to do. I agree, the Essex is nice!