After consulting with my contact at the church, I redesigned the stole to be longer than I had planned. I added a panel of patchwork that copies the dramatic robe worn by the church's patron saint.
Here is St. Cyprian of Carthage, who lived in the third century and was beheaded over a rather obscure theological controversy (look him up if you're interested). He wrote a number of treatises, which explains the book in his hand.
What interested me was his patchwork cope, or robe. I found several images, and each one included this elaborate cross-themed textile. It might have been woven, but for my purposes it became a green and ivory patchwork border at the bottom of the stole. I plan to repeat this detail on the lectern hangings and possibly on the altar hanging as well.
I have other images of St. Cyprian, one that includes an intriguing knitted hat that resembles a beehive, but have decided not to pursue that further. Another icon shows his head bouncing away while his body remains the focal point of the picture. Not going there, either.