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Elizabeth_Morgan | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Do we have any interest out there in making church vestments? In sewing and embroidering the linens used on our altars or during the celebration of the Mass?


  1. Karen_Vesk | | #1

    Elizabeth, I have experience in making albs, amices, chasubles, stoles, altar cloths etc... but I'm not really sure what your question is?

    1. Kayla_Harwood | | #2

      *I am interested in sewing for the church. I am looking for help in finding appropriate patterns and fabrics as well as suggestions on techniques for embellishment. I want to make a two piece chasuble and need a pattern. I also want to replicate a painted designed by James Hubble from our alter onto a design around the neck and down the back and front. Any help would be appreciated.

      1. karen_morris_ | | #3

        *at one time i had some good resources for making vestments; they sold fabrics, trims. the patterns are hard to come by--i think you're best bet is to trace an existing chasuble to create a pattern.i'll paste my list in here, in case it may help someone. i'm sure some of these have moved or gone out of business, since it's several years old, so forgive me for any inaccuracies.Resources for Making VestmentsC.M. Almy & Son10 Glenville St., Box 2644Greenwich, CT 06836203-531-7600; kits for vestments, robes, and soft furnishings for churches; fabrics & trims by the yard; free catalogAugsburg Fortress4700 Wissahickon Ave.Philadelphia, PA 19044-4280800-367-8737 cust. serv.; kits for vestments, fabrics by the yard, applique, trims; books; free Yard Goods price list, Ecclisiastical Arts catalogMrs. John Joseph649 Sherman Ave.Queensbury, NY 12804518-798-9637; with Episcopal church, offers linen fabric for vestments by the yard; send LSASE for info; for $12, will send 145 pp., copied from 1907 cat., showing thousands of religious embroidery designsSt. Benet's Guildc/o Mrs. Judy Fradl312 W. Siebenthaler Ave.Dayton, OH 45405513-278-1609; vestments kits, fabrics & trimsTo Be--Esoteric Patterns and ApparelPO Box 5441Fullerton, CA 92635714-879-6733; custom-made vestments for M & F clergy, acolytes & choirsVestment Goods Mfg.41-43 Paterson Ave., Box 2334Paterson, NJ 07509201-942-2833; fine ecclesiastical fabrics & trims; samples available.

        1. Sarah_Kayla | | #4

          *A question - I design and make soft furnishings as well as the Jewish equivalent of vestments of synagogues and other Jewish settings. What are the liturgucal requirements for these vestments and other furnishings? Another question - are other people designing their own stuff (as opposed to simply adapting stuff that appears in books?)I have been working on re-thinking ritual and the use of ritual objects for several years now. I know that not too many people are doing what I do in the Jewish world (playing with text, liturgy and images and using the medium of fabric and craft to get the participants to rethink their experience to ritual)OK, I know that what I do is pretty specialized. Are other folks working on those sorts of issues??? (Not just in the Jewish world) I know of a wonderful silversmith in Israel who is. Sometimes doing this works feels very lonely - I'm not doing traditional quilting or clothing design, my work isn't as purely intellectual/theoretical as the stuff in Fiberarts magazine,most religious based stuff is very traditional. Anyone else out there ???Just wondering ...Sarah

          1. Marjorie_McWilliams | | #5

            *I make art for the sanctuary. It is custom commission work and not exactly traditional. Visit my web site to see the kind of work I do: http://www.fabricdesigns.com .

          2. Sarah_Kayla | | #6

            *Thanks! I loved seeing your work. My stuff is very text based, but then again, Judaism is so very text based. My rabbi just quipped that on our holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, Jews get together to read a 600 page book out loud. ( And yes it is a spiritual experience)I still haven't managed to figure out how to post photos.... I will post photos once I manage the technology.Sarah

          3. Marjorie_McWilliams | | #7

            *Hi Kayla- I do quite a bit of fabric painting when making my Sactuary Art. If interested in learning more about the technique of fabric painting, I teach courses at http://www.quiltuniversity.com. Also-visit my web site at http://www.fabricdesigns.com to see the kind of custom work I do for any place of worship! Marjie

          4. Sarah_Kayla | | #8

            *Dear Marjorie -I do lots of fabric painting, applique, beading, hand and machine embroidery in my work. Whatever technique fits the job. It isn't the technique that is the problem but rather finding folks who are working on the same sorts of issues of text, content and context.Sarah

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