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Clergy Stole Patterns by Serendipity Clergy Stoles

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Announcement    Welcome to Clergy Stole Patterns by Serendipity Clergy Stoles! Please read listing descriptions before contacting me with questions. Most questions I receive are answered in the listing descriptions. If I do not respond to your question, it is not my intention to be rude -- it just means that the information you seek is probably in the listing description. If not, then look for it in my policies.

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Last updated on Apr 3, 2016

Welcome to Clergy Stole Patterns by Serendipity Clergy Stoles! Please read listing descriptions before contacting me with questions. Most questions I receive are answered in the listing descriptions. If I do not respond to your question, it is not my intention to be rude -- it just means that the information you seek is probably in the listing description. If not, then look for it in my policies.

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About ClergyStolePatterns

Sales 2,152
On Etsy since 2013

Branching out...

Serendipity Clergy Stoles sold its first stole June 30, 2008. More than 1000 stoles later, I have quite a collection of patterns I have designed myself. I began selling stole patterns in the fall of 2012; since then I have been able to engineer all of my stole patterns for PDF download. I offer three different pulpit stole patterns and a pattern for a Western-style deacon stole. At the end of 2013 I opened this store so that I could keep my pattern sales separate from my pattern sales and free up a shop category for stoles. In the future I hope to begin offering patterns for some of the simple designs that I use on the stoles I sell.

Creating a pattern for sale requires more work than you think. As an experienced technical writer, I put a lot of care into writing directions and taking step by step photographs.. After scanning in the pattern images, I print them all out and test them to make sure that they are as nearly exact to the original as possible. One pattern can take up to 2 days or more to produce.

Shop members

  • Tanja Rouintree

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Tanja is also mom of 2 kids, and Christian Education coordinator for preschool through 5th grade. She started this business as a way to provide her own income while continuing in ministry part time at her church.

  • Patrick

    Shipper, Assistant

    Patrick is a home educated high school student who helps his mom as shipmaster for the stole business, and as an all-round personal assistant about 6-8 hours per week.

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Last updated on Apr 21, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Where is my pattern?

All patterns are available in PDF format only. All files will be available for download once payment is completed. You can view your purchase and download your files this way: 1) Sign in to your Etsy account. 2) Click on "You" at the top right of the page. 3) Click on "purchases and reviews." 4) Click on your pattern purchase; your files will all be there.

Sizing details

Specific length and width information is found within each listing. Directions for adjusting pattern length and width (when applicable) are included in the pattern instructions.

How do I cancel my pattern purchase?

I do not allow refunds on any downloaded files. If you change your mind before the files are downloaded, contact me using the Etsy conversation tool, and I will refund your money and cancel your order.

Problems with downloading or printing:

I cannot provide technical assistance with your download or with printing your files. Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, and then call someone you know who is good with computers.

Problems understanding directions

The price of the pattern does not include assistance with understanding the directions or making the stole. Since I have been selling stole patterns (Over 700 at the time of this update), only approximately 5% of buyers have contacted me because they did not understand the directions. Most of these questions would have been answered by reading all of the directions and studying the photos accompanying the steps. Less than 5 questions since I started selling patterns had anything to do with something that was truly unclear. All of these issues have been corrected.

What is the difficulty level of the patterns?

These are not beginning level sewing patterns. Your skills should be such that you can make a garment that does not look "home made." Sometimes experienced quilters have trouble with the pattern directions if they have never made a garment. Keep in mind that even with sewing experience, making a stole is different from more common sewing projects, so it is helpful to read the directions from start to finish before beginning.

I downloaded the directions but cannot find the pattern.

If you have ordered a Byzantine Overlay Stole, straight/cross-over stole, or any version of the Western Deacon stole instruction booklets, please note that the listing descriptions clearly state that a pattern for the stole is not included because it is easier to cut the stole with a quilter's rule and cutting mat. The number one question I receive about the Byzantine instructions is where to find the pattern.

Custom and personalized orders

All of the patterns I have available can be found in my pattern store. The plan is to add more patterns for some of my simpler designs as I have time. I keep a very full schedule of stole orders in spring and fall, and patterns take significant time to develop, so I may add one or two patterns a year, and I cannot fill custom requests.