Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Moving "House"

  If you're a reader of my website Practical Blackwork,  I'm sad to announce that come the 26th of July,  the lights will go out there - it's just too expensive to maintain right at this moment, and didn't pay it's rent this year.  (Note- THIS blog remains the same, kitties and all!)

   Instead, for the moment you can find all the old site content (and all the new stuff I can find) at practicalblackworkdotcom, while I decide which way I'm going next.  Stay tuned there for updates and news, and please continue to send me your beautiful photos and links to cool blackwork sites.

Thanks for your support!



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

This Year - the Chalice Covers!

  Busy busy - a trip to the youngest's wedding,  and finishing the Pentecost chalice covers in time for Pentecost this year.  Next year, the altar cloth - and I'll be done! (til the next insane project...)
   The chalice covers-


















A better-lit shot of the design - 


















And the chalice covers and aer (chalice veil) in use during the Great Entrance,  Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Pentecost.























  BTW, that good-looking fella in the blue robe is Himself, who encourages me in these endeavors...
   And, because I haven't been around in awhile, a shot of our newest "kid",who wandered up in the yard one day, got in Himself's truck,and refused to leave.  Here is the incredible Tomtom, the black-and-white on the blue cushion, hanging with his buds on a sunny afternoon.











  Now- 3 side panels left to stitch for the altar cloth, and Pentecost will be finished...

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Center Panel Finished!

    Happy dancing - finished the center panel of the Pentecost altar cloth  in time to ring in the New Year.  Now have the 4 side panels, and a pair of chalice covers,  and the Neverending Project is done...
    A badly-lit photo of the whole piece-

  And a close-up showing some of the fillings, and a hint of the silver.

   Blessed Nativity, Happy New Year, and the joys of the season!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I Can't Believe I Forgot To Post At Pentecost...

    You'd think I would REMEMBER, after all that work!  I finished the aer (chalice veil) just in time,  attaching the last bit of fringe and the ribbons about 6 hours before it was to be used.  Here you see it worn by our priest in the Great Entrance-





   If you've never expereienced an Orthodox Divine Liturgy, the Great Entrance is when the Gifts (the elements of Communion) are processed through the church.  When the priest returns them to the altar, the aer is removed and used in the covering and blessing of the Eucharist.
   Anyway,  here's the thing in itself -approximately 150 hours of stitching, silk, wool,and silver on round-thread linen, lined in silk, silk fringe and ribbons.


   And finally, am almost finished with the center panel of the altarcloth - 4 side panels and 2 chalice covers to go.Here's to finishing before Palm Sunday,2014!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Progress

Working my fastest in hopes of finishing the smaller pieces by Pentecost.  Daytime is for gardening and cleaning and cooking and all that fun stuff;  way too late into the night is for stitching.  I've listened my way through several Brit-cop shows, and last night delved into "Destination Truth"- you never have to look up much for that, since you KNOW they're never going to find the creature.  Whoever invented the "go-somewhere-find-nothing-tangible" genre of "reality" is a GENIUS.

  Anyway, here's the center design of the aers (chalice veil), now for the borders!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Syncronicity? Serendipity? Something!

   This past Sunday was Palm Sunday for the Orthodox.  It is a joyful feast, the end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week,  and the liturgical color is green.
    And so I saw Father Michael's "green" vestments for the first time -
  And here is the half-completed center section of the altar cloth-
How cool is that? Pentecost is going to be a very well-coordinated Holy Feast!

  The rest of Holy Week is a rush of services- an average Holy Week is 30+ hours in church.  Then there are 50 days until Pentecost.  There is no way in the world to finish the altar cloth in that time (next year!) but I'm thinking if I switch gears to the aers and chalice covers...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Milestone - sorta

  Well, after about 125 hours of stitching (and now into my 4th British Cop series on Netflix) I have almost finished the 1st half of the center panel of the altar cloth.  Lookit -
   The ground fabric looks pink because of my work light...  I am truly pleased with how this is looking so far.
   Now on to the NEXT 125 hours.  And the 125 after that.  And the 125 after THAT....

Thursday, March 21, 2013

50 hours

  About 50 hours of stitching into the center panel of the altar cloth (this bit will finish out at 39" x 39", BTW).  This photo doesn't show the color well, but it's the best I could manage past midnight with a little yaller kitten trying to grab the camera (she likes the whirring noise it makes).

     And speaking of little yaller kittens, she posed for us on my new bandana - she must be a Deadhead at heart!