Chillon Leach
artist - art servant


Deacon Stoles  
"All are Welcome!"

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Painted fabric is the technique employed on these hand made deacon stoles, which is unique for clerical apparel / vestments.  Fabric colors used reflect the traditional Christian church seasons and traditions within each faith community - blue, red, white, purple, and green.  The acrylic fabric paint is applied in layered, rich metallic colors with textures evident in the hand painted brushstrokes on each hand painted, hand made deacon stole.  Inspiration comes from praying throughout the artistic process, traditional seasonal symbols, and research for each faith community.  Appropriate personal interpretations and suitable abstract depictions are part of the design process for these unique, one-of-a-kind deacon stoles.  Hand made deacon stoles and clergy stoles are available for Catholic, Episcopal, and Lutheran deacons.

Hand made deacon stoles shown are designed, painted, and sewn exclusively by Chillon and available immediately for purchase unless otherwise noted.  Duplicate clergy stole designs ordered will be somewhat different due to the hand made nature of the one-of-a-kind painted fabric artwork.  Some of the deacon stoles shown may be altered in length and width if it doesn't change the overall look.  Clergy stole lengths and widths vary, so please contact me for exact measurements and better closeup photos.  Side options: chain or fabric

           *hand painted & hand made deacon stoles are self-lined, polyester/rayon blend fabrics - these deacon stoles are not washable or dry cleanable, but can be gently spot cleaned and ironed carefully on the reverse side.  If damaged, I will try to blend some new painting into the piece to fix the spotted area - free of charge.

*custom work available - contact Chillon (small design fees may apply)

*deacon stole prices shown do not reflect insured USPS rates, which customer pays

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                                                       Placing an order
Choose one or more deacon stoles, contact Chillon by email or telephone,  or (651) 649-1519.  I will then get your mailing information, and immediately send the deacon stole to you by insured USPS.  This cost will be added to your stole price (currently between $6 - $18 depending on destination).  Overnight delivery is more expensive.  If you like the stole, keep it and send a personal check or money order to me at the address shown on the enclosed receipt.  If the deacon stole doesn't fit your needs, return to me via insured USPS at your expense.  Typically there is a 2-7 day delivery time. 

*handmade deacon stoles can be seen in person if you live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area.  Please contact me to make special arrangements.

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 Deacon Stoles - in progress

Painting is finished - shaping and sewing yet to be done.  Custom sizing available at this point.  Check back often - I'm always creating new stoles!  Scroll down for finished stoles.