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:
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