The Grapevine Stole has been gifted and worn for the first time yesterday. The background and lining of the stole was an ivory bridal satin, interfaced and with an additional interlining of cotton for stability. There was no batting used.
It is based on the scripture, “I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 The cotton grapes and vine are machine appliquéd, with hand-stitched dimensional grapes. Sulky rayon machine embroidery thread was used to add some stitching details on the leaves and vines.
The back of the next was curved to fit. (Those odd brown rays are not part of the stole, that's the wooden pattern inlaid on our newel post!)
It appears to have been very well recieved. I've been contacted by the church already to do more pieces for them...but not until after Fibre Arts Festival!