I was asked recently to sew 2 stoles. One would be decorated by the parish children and one would remain plain. They would both be sent to another church in Africa. Those children would decorate the stole and send it back here. The stoles are ecru cotton twill.
The back has a seam and is shaped so it will lie flat against the back of the neck. Some stoles I've noticed have a point in back.
Here is one received by a different church.