Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Days of Wind and Fire

Eastertide is coming to a close, and Pentecost is next Sunday. I’ve started the red stole.

“And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…” Acts 2:2-3

Here in southern California, we understand the power of wind and fire. Two weeks ago, wind stirred up a fire just north of here in Santa Barbara. Hundreds of homes were lost in the fire. Fire is part of our natural landscape, it burns away old, dry brush and gives a chance for fresh new growth to come with the winter rains.

A few years ago we went camping in Yellowstone National Park. Fires had burned a significant portion of the forest. Dry, old and diseased trees had been burned away, and new saplings made the mountainsides look as if they had been covered with green velvet. The fires gave a chance for new life.

For a stole that gave the impression of tongues of fire, I chose an undulating twill, modified slightly, from “A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns.” This stole is weaving up much faster than the white one – partly because to elongate the pattern, I’ve doubled up the weft thread, and partly because the treadling is straight, less jumping back and forth.

Unfortunately, the picture of the finished white stole doesn't do justice to it:


  1. Actually, because you can click through to see the full sized photo, the white stole is quite visible -- and quite stunning. You're really going to inspire me to weave, if you keep sharing such amazing photos! :) --Eilidh

  2. I have seen the red stole in person... heh, heh, heh... and it is incredible and so evocative of flame and fire. I clicked as Eilidh did on the white stole and the weave is just amazing. Such a lovely choice of pattern. This minister has to be a very special man to deserve these amazing gifts. By the by... the purple does look good too.. can't wait to see more of it. ;) Ercil