Please be aware that the pictures are of a larger file size
and require a longer download.
This was done so that some detail could be seen.
The history of this lodge is quite interesting. It has been researched by Bro. Frank Karwowski who is the Lodge Historian.
You can see in this image how "tattered"
the material is. You can also see the
hand painted All Seeing Eye, trimmed in
This design was copied and is now being used
by St. George's Lodge as the Worshipful Masters' Apron.
Once the pattern was made, it was set on
top of the apron(s) to double check size and
final placement. We are still NOT done with the
pattern making process!
After the above steps were completed
the pattern was then "punched" one hole
at a time! This allows the tinted powder
to "fall through" the holes. With the pattern
now transfered to the apron, we can begin actually
placing the emblem(s) and leaves down so the
embroidery can be done.
On a side note, it was decided about half way
through, that the Warden's Aprons should be done
with the full "wreath" pattern.
The first pattern is placed on an apron.
After the entire pattern was "punched, it was
placed on the apron(s) and the powder transfer process
was completed. With the powder transfer on the apron(s),
the leaves for the wreath were cut...One at a time...and
glued to the apron along with the emblem of office.
Once the pattern has been put on the apron, the embroidery
can now be started.
After the painstaking process of pattern making
was completed (It took a full 8hrs. to complete
the pattern), the apron was given to our employee to
begin the embroidery.
Each piece of bullion is cut to size and sewn down
one piece at a time! A very "labor intensive" task!
This employee has 26 years of experience in hand embroidery,
and 21 of those years have been with our company!
The Sr. Warden apron is completely finished.
In trying to keep with the Colonial style,
the "ties" are of the same satin ribbon as the border.
At this point, the entire process was repeated only now
an entirely new pattern was made for what would become
the Worshipful Masters' Apron.
Again, with all previous steps now completed,
the Worshipful Masters' Apron is complete.
You will notice that the wreath in the Sr. Warden
apron was altered and is not the same as what
was used on the Worshipful Master apron.
Because we take pride in the work that our employees do,
we want to point out that on the Worshipful Master
apron, the SUN in the center of the emblem and
the SUN to the upper left were both done completely
"freehand". A very light circle was drawn for both
as a reference point. All the embroidery was then
done "freehand" with no pattern to follow!
An entire set of aprons was crafted for St. George's Lodge.
There was a total of 16 aprons were made. Only the Wardens
and Worshipful Master aprons were this elaborate. The rest of
the officer aprons had the respective emblem of office that
was enlarged to fill the field of white Satin. All of the
embroidery was done in Silver Bullion.
This was an Honor and Privilege for our company to be able
to do this work for St. George's Lodge. We endeavour to
maintain the "Old World" traditions of crafting Hand
Embroidered aprons. All work on this project was
100% "Made In America".
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