Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Vestments for Father Oak
Before Christmas, I had hinted to my dear s-i-l, that a Father Oak would make a great present for Daniel. I am really wanting to try to introduce the faith in a Montessori-influenced way. So to say I was surprised to find one under the tree for him would not be truthful, but it is beautiful!
Today, I finally got around to "dressing" our Father Oak; that is, to make him some vestments in the liturgical colors. I managed to get four done - - green, red, white and purple. I have the pink one ready to sew, but other duties called before I could get that one completed, so it will wait until tomorrow. I love the way they have come out. I used braiding around the neckline on all of them and the hemline on the green and red ones. I quickly realized after doing the green and the red, that I was quickly going to run out of braiding (I had purchased 3 yards - - who knew it would go so fast!), so I found a spool of gold ribbon that I had here to do the hem of the white and purple one. I used gold lame' for the cross, chalice and dove on the red, white and purple, using Heat 'n Bond to iron them on to the vestments (Boy - - - I love Heat 'n Bond, but be careful with it and lame'. Using a cloth can help, but you don't want to get the adhesive on your iron if you can help it!) I am looking forward to completing the pink one - - not sure what symbol I will use yet.
You can find directions for making a Father Oak (or Fr Pine, Fr. Birch, etc) here on Wildflowers and Marbles. Jennifer also made stoles to go with the alb, but I am not sure I need them. It will be enough for us to remember to change the vestment.
I also sewed mine up probably a bit differently. I had purchased some taffeta and satin for the vestments. They can be pretty slippery to work with and tend to fray. To help with that, I decided to use some interfacing and to line the vestment with some bleached muslin. I traced my pattern onto the interfacing and cut around it leaving about 1/4 inch seam allowance. I ironed it to the satin/taffeta and then cut the satin/taffeta using pinking shears. I sewed the satin to the muslin, right sides together, cut out the neckline hole, again using pinking shears, and then flipped it right side out, which gave me a nice seam along the outer edge. I pressed the edges so that they would lay flat and then stitched the braiding around the neckline to cover the raw edge. Then trim could be added as I wished. I guess you could line it with fabric of the same color, too, if you wished.
So there you go - - our dear Father Oak is no longer devoid of vestments.