HowToMake: Ribbons for women’s ordination – Update on colours used

15 Jan

Ribbons and card to support women's ordination in the LCA

Further to our earlier post, Wearing ribbons in support of women’s ordination,  We have received requests to describe the ribbons and to give instructions to make them.

As you can see in the accompanying photo the concept is simple:

  1. Cut about 6cm of thin purple (Lupin) and thin green (Parakeet) ribbon. (the examples are 3mm satin ribbon)
  2. Fold them into shape and put a couple of small stitches on each side.
  3.  Attach a small safety-pin so that users can attach them to their clothing.
  4. You may wish to attach a small card to explain the purpose of the green and purple ribbons.  An attached card might read something like this:

Each year further men are ordained into the Lutheran Church of Australia. While we celebrate these ordinations, there is sadness that women cannot yet be ordained. We invite you to wear this ribbon to Church gatherings as a gentle way of showing your support for women’s ordination.

Comment from the woman who made them for the Ordinations:  “This is just my method – if your method works better, share it.”

If you’re interested in making some of these ribbons may we suggest that you work with a group of friends so that you create a level of interest. One person wearing the ribbons may go unnoticed.

The idea is that supporters of women’s ordination wear the double thin ribbons to Church gatherings at all levels.   Wearing ribbons will arouse interest, spark conversations and have the potential to grow into something significant.

Please pass this idea to interested friends and contacts.  One way to do this is to give them the details of this post via Facebook of Twitter.


Posted by on January 15, 2012 in politics, women's ordination


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5 responses to “HowToMake: Ribbons for women’s ordination – Update on colours used

  1. PIchi

    January 15, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Thanks. I guess we should have been able to work it out from the photo, but I didn’t. It looks like a great project. I know – our Women’s Retreat at Melrose the end of February. Great job.


  2. Katie and Martin

    January 16, 2012 at 5:28 am

    That’s a great idea. Presumably there will be many rural members who can take the idea back to their parishes. They could even make up some ribbons on the retreat if they had the materials at hand.

  3. Michelle

    January 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    These are awesome. How were the colors chosen? I wonder whether this would/will catch on in the US.

  4. Katie and Martin

    January 17, 2012 at 4:15 am

    We understand that the colours were chosen artistically. 🙂 Any variation on purple and green would be recognisable.
    The key thing is to get the idea out there. Perhaps you could use women’s groups, seminaries, conferences and social media. Please let us know how you go.


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