Thursday 26 November 2020

Vestment Mending in December

We are happy to confirm that our vestment mending day on 12th December will go ahead as planned, at the church hall of St Gregory & St Augustine, Oxford. For further details, including our Covid 19 protocols, or to book a place, please email Lucy at . 

Monday 23 November 2020

Claire's Carickmacross Lace

One of our skilled members, Claire Fitzgerald, has recently completed work on some Carickmacross Lace, a technique new to her. Carickmacross is a needlepoint lace which was introduced to Ireland in the early nineteenth century. It's often used in making communion and wedding veils (including that of HRH the Duchess of Cambridge whose Carickmacross wedding gown was made at the Royal School of Needlework).

Claire used the harp and shamrock pattern designed by the Carrickmacross Lace Gallery in Co. Monaghan, Ireland.

Claire says: "The base layer is a net, with organdie laid on top. The design is then applied using a series of couching stitches and then the organdie is cut away in the background areas to expose the mesh. A fine thread is weaved in between the net to create a lacy look. This creates an illusion of depth and layering of the design (i.e. foreground, middle-ground and background). It’s finished off with a few eyelets in the mesh and loops around the edges to give it a nice finished border."    

Friday 13 November 2020

James completes his Jacobean Crewelwork

James Sharpe, the first winner of the Guild of St Clare sponsorship to the Royal School of Needlework, has finished his first piece of embroidery for the Jacobean Crewelwork technique, and will submit it in December when the mounting is complete.

James already had a background in art and design when he began the RSN Certificate course, and his design is laden with symbolism. The top represents the kingdom of Heaven, the thistles the pains of Hell, the central vine the vine of Christ and the narrow way, and the oxen the determined disciple. This exciting piece combines the English tradition of embroidery for upholstery and domestic furnishings with familiar liturgical symbols, using it to tell a story.

Many congratulations to James on this achievement: I am sure the assessors will be as impressed as we at the Guild of St Clare are!

Tuesday 10 November 2020

Fr Stephen makes a tabernacle veil

Fr Stephen Morrison has used some of his rare leisure hours to make a new tabernacle veil, upcycled from an old one, to match the priory altar frontal. It's backed with moire, and Fr Stephen has added some couched work down the front.

Not just beautiful, but thrifty!

Sunday 8 November 2020

New member's project: Platinum needles and needle boxes

James Sharpe, the Guild's first winner of the Royal School of Needlework sponsorship, has discovered these fabulous platinum-plated needles (which he describes as "the best £2.62 I have spent for a long time") - for a Rolls Royce sewing experience, they are highly recommended. 

To single them out among his other needles he has created these special needle boxes, using Russian matchboxes.

It's all about the sewing stash!