Pictures of Linens; Parts of the Process of Making Purificators and Completed Projects

Following on from yesterday’s post about the creation of altar linens written by one of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa, here are photographs of the detail of her work. I am ashamed to admit that I have barely given a second thought to altar lines and had no idea of care and attention that is given to them.

The comments are hers.

Hemming a Purificator:


Pulled hem and thread pattern:

Pulling threads

Three types of border – single (to hem and bind it once); double (pattern away from hem); and triple (finished part along the hem)

To hem and make a single border:

Pick up a number (in this case four) of threads

After wrapping the threads, take a small stitch to the hem

Double pattern away from the hem:

Wrap two threads from previous binding with two new threads

Repeat, crossing from top to bottom at each repetition

Four styles of crosses:

St Eugene’s Cathedral High Altar linen:

Detail of the corner, wrong side (facing side) up

Linen folded back, wrong side (facing side) up

Fitting around the Tabernacle

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