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Symbolism in my Ecclesiastical Stoles

At The Workshop we all work together on some things, but we also have our own areas of specialism.  Mine is in Ecclesiastical embroidery - designing, embroidering and making vestments and paraments for use in churches.  www.angelforce.co.uk

Sometimes people choose to buy a stole with one or other of my regular designs, but more often than not there is at least some degree of customisation.   I am known for my stoles with Celtic designs that also feature tartan.  For some people, simply choosing which tartan they want is enough, but for others it is important to get the symbolism right.
This can be achieved in a variety of ways.   For example the stole might incorporate a cross that has significance to the client, or perhaps has representation of some architectural feature of the church in which they serve.
For many, there is a particular saint that has significance.  In the past when literacy was not common, most saints had symbols that helped people to identify them.  Examples of thi…