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Making a Stole (Academic or Clerical)
The Project: This project shows how to make a simple stole in singles or quantity, which may be embellished or not as your use dictates. It is a very simple beginning sewing project.
Background of this project: Annually volunteers use the Theatre UAF Costume Studio to make 100-200
red satin stoles for the students and faculty of Alaska Native and First Nations descent to wear to graduation at UAF. This visible badge helps to show year by year the increased percentage of Native American students graduating from UAF, and also gives students a simple canvas on which folks from home can do traditional forms of needlework considered suitable for important celebrations. While many students at UAF
out of academic dress entirely in favor of their ancestral forms of traditional dress (Kuspuk,
Bunad, kilt and sporran, etc.) Most choose to wear the "required" academic dress, with only small nods to family tradition like Hawaiian Leis, an eagle feather attached to a cap tassel,
Gras beads, an
leather vest, a
dance headdress, or some other small acknowledgement of where they come from, in addition to where they are going.
These stoles are one of the ways that Native students at UAF have to do this. If you are an Alaska Native student at UAF you may want to do this project in red satin to send home to grandma so she will have time to decorate it for graduation. Or you may wish to decorate it yourself in order to learn traditional needlework. (A good place to get beads and advice is at , downtown at 537 2nd Avenue.) People also make these as part of Catholic, Episcopalian, and Lutheran priest's vestments.
Click here for printer-friendly PDF version. Note, some church stoles are done in a pattern of an 8' long straight strip, or
forms. If you are making a stole for church, ask your pastor what size and shape is considered appropriate to your denomination. Colors of liturgical stoles change with the
Put the two right sides of the fabric together, and sew the strips to one another along the "V" of the notch:
Turn the stole right side out and press. Decorate to taste.
When it is finished, photograph the stole and post the photos to your File folder at the class
. Post a message to the group letting everyone know you have posted these pictures so you can get feedback.
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