I've been commissioned to make a liturgical stole to mark the installation of a new minister at a Unitarian-Universalist congregation in San Antonio, Texas. The congregation has asked that the stole somehow represent the four seasons, as symbolized by four trees in the atrium of the congregational building: Yaupon holly (ilex vomitoria) for winter, redbud (cercis) for spring, crape myrtle (lagerstroemia) for summer, and golden rain tree (koelreuteria paniculata) for fall.
To reflect those seasons, the stole will be reversible, with one side representing fall and spring and the other winter and summer. Last week I finished piecing the fall and spring sides, and this week I finished piecing the winter-summer side.
The patch on the bottom of the summer side shows a crape myrtle growing in the congregational atrium.
I did my best with silk ribbon and pearl cotton.
So the winter and summer patches are done. Now I'll turn to the autumn and spring patches. Wish me luck: how am I going to show the pods of the golden rain tree?