Original cut paper design
The front entrance to the church is in Maple Road, which is lined with London Plane trees with the most enormous leaves. The Baptistry has beautiful stylised paintings of Noah’s Ark, with animals and trees, one of which has vaguely similar shaped leaves. The tree trunk is enlarged from a photo of this tree and the leaves are from the plane tree outside in various sizes.
Chasuble Bondawebbed Trunk (onto silk noile)
Finished leaves before applique onto silk noile
Leaves appliqued using zig-zag stitch onto silk noile
Slightly out-of-focus tree showing leaf with Golden Wedding rings
(Using a piece of the train from the wedding dress – a couple of the red leaves used left-overs from a daughter’s bridesmaid’s dress, and some of the leaves were worked by family and friends)
Tie-dyed sari end from The Silk Route
(Cross-shape made from outlines of the leaf-shapes from the Tree of Life on the Frontal and the back of the Chasuble Bondawebbed onto silk noile)
Cross for the front of the Chasuble with Lurex leaves on top.
Close-up of the middle.
Very poor photo of the front.
Not much better one of the back.
(I shall have better ones eventually, because the husband is a prize-winning photographer, so I hope he will let me have something to treasure in due course.)
Both the front and back designs can be removed and replaced in one piece by unpicking the zig-zag round the silk noile. This because the front will eventually wear out as it is rubbed on the altar during services.
I had to tape the shoulder seams and neck seam with gold lame ribbon because I was unable to get hold of the fabric I wanted for the lining, and the substitute was thinner and shredded. Clergy do NOT treat their vestments properly, and they can get roughly handled if removed in a hurry! As a result, I felt that I had to disguise the top-stitching, so I worked a machine pattern in gold thread on the outside over the rows of stitch. You can just about see it on the neck on the back.