Packing the Jesse Ornaments away:
I embroidered this felt baptismal ornament free handed. a little lopsided but it will do.
My mother-in-law remembers as a girl signing up to to take care of the church flowers and the dusting of the sanctuary while the boys signed up to serve at the altar. There were also guilds of laywomen that cultivated their skills in sacred embroidery. They made beautiful vestments, apparels, altar cloths, cinctures, kneeler cushions, baptism gowns, rosaries and scapulars. The women and girls were involved in their parish in a feminine way. But these roles are hard to find or to build up today. Sadly, they do not seem to be as appreciated. And although they may not be as obvious as the masculine roles, they are still important.
In my search to find more of these guilds, I came across some beautiful pieces and one amazing guild. Here is a piece from St. Martha’s Guild gallery:
And Here is A Chasuble made by St. Therese:
I am no where near this level of course, but the St. Martha Guild is encouraging and they suggest to start with something small like a scapular or ornament. Here is one of the Jesse Tree ornaments I made in hopes of improving my embroidery skills :
A basket sits in memory,
It held: needles, buttons, thread,
a tomato pincushion,
(you know the kind.)
And the good scissors
with the empty orange eyes-
I was not to touch.
This top sheet is hand embroidered all the way across, ever so neatly. It was passed down to my mother when she married. However, she never used it and recently gave it to me. I love the detail on such a functional item!
I love vintage sewing patterns. The dresses of the 1950’s are much more sophisticated than today’s.