We at Ephods & Pomegranates are both graduates of The School of Theology here in Sewanee (Glyn in 1992, Will in 1981.) Now that we have retired back to the Holy Mountain, one focus of our handweaving is to craft Eucharistic Stoles for Clergy (and for Seminarians in the process of becoming Clergy.) And as a ministry to Seminarians, we do offer a Seminarian Discount.
Our stoles are available at Taylor’s Mercantile, at the foot of University Avenue in Sewanee, and here at our Weaving Studio in Monteagle. Soon they will also be available on our Handmade at Amazon store.
These stoles are currently on display and for sale at Taylor’s Mercantile in Sewanee.
Many of these stoles are one-of-a-kind. Several are available in matched sets as well as individual, and all can be special ordered if not in stock. Seminarians, be sure to ask for your 10% discount. Note our Rainbow Marriage Equality Stoles.
These stoles are in stock at our Weaving Studio. Contact us at 610-357-6813, or by Email here:
Low budget stoles are also available in solid colors.
Here is some more of our work:
Just off the loom and not yet trimmed and pressed – five “Prayer Stoles” to wear for private prayer, visiting the sick, etc. A small version of the Prayer Shawl at a lower price, about 4.25 X 60 inches, long enough to drape around your shoulders without looking like a liturgical vestment. Note – these prayer stoles are NOT just for clergy – they are for everyone! 100% mercerized cotton. $35.00.
All five are already spoken for, but I will put some more on the loom next week. Meanwhile, you can order one, and custom specify the color and design of the stripes!
Purple and Black represent the Penitence, Passion and Death of the Lenten journey.
Green is for life, which is what it is all about, and the greening of the world around us in springtime. (The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon Lencten, or Lengthen, because Spring is the time of the lengthening of days, and the appearance of new, green life.)
Gold is for the Resurrection, the promise of which is always present at the Core of it all.
Why “Holistic”? Because there is more to Lent than just, well, Lent. Lent takes place within the full context of the story of Salvation. These colors in the warp lie beneath a weft of much lighter Purple, or Lavender, to remind us that even in Lent the joy of the Good News brightens our hearts and lightens our path. To remind us that God brings wholeness out of our brokenness, the weave pattern is called Broken Twill.
But why weave a Lenten stole in the middle of July, with nearly a year to go before Lent rolls around again? Sometimes the most important thing in weaving is practicality. Remember a while back when we had to remove and rewind the warp for the Morgan’s Steep Tartan scarf? (It was finally completely a bit ago – see an earlier post.) The warp suffered a good bit of damage in the process and yielded only one scarf. This is a remnant of that warp, minus 12 threads on both sides that broke in the process. What to so with a stole-width warp? Weave a stole!
But this is more than only a Lenten stole. With the warp colors for our Morgan’s Steep Tartan, and the added purple, it is manifestly a Sewanee Stole, suitable for use by any Sewanee-grad cleric at any time of the year.
This one SOLD immediately, but we’ll take orders for more. $75.00.