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Patterns for religious symbols

Jean_ | Posted in Patterns on

I’d like to make ornaments that are religious symbols (Christian) for our Christmas tree at church. Can anyone help me with patterns? They could be fabric or knit/crochet patterns. Any ideas or patterns appreciated.


  1. karen_morris_ | | #1

    Jean, I have a several-year-old list of resources for religious vestments, fabrics, and designs. I'll paste it in here, but be aware that some of them may have moved or be out of business. You may find books here with designs that'll work for your project.

    Resources for Making Vestments

    C.M. Almy & Son
    10 Glenville St., Box 2644
    Greenwich, CT 06836
    203-531-7600; kits for vestments, robes, and soft furnishings for churches; fabrics & trims by the yard; free catalog

    Augsburg Fortress
    4700 Wissahickon Ave.
    Philadelphia, PA 19044-4280
    800-367-8737 cust. serv.; kits for vestments, fabrics by the yard, applique, trims; books; free Yard Goods price list, Ecclisiastical Arts catalog

    Mrs. John Joseph
    649 Sherman Ave.
    Queensbury, NY 12804
    518-798-9637; 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 designs

    St. Benet's Guild
    c/o Mrs. Judy Fradl
    312 W. Siebenthaler Ave.
    Dayton, OH 45405
    513-278-1609; vestments kits, fabrics & trims

    To Be--Esoteric Patterns and Apparel
    PO Box 5441
    Fullerton, CA 92635
    714-879-6733; custom-made vestments for M & F clergy, acolytes & choirs

    Vestment Goods Mfg.
    41-43 Paterson Ave., Box 2334
    Paterson, NJ 07509
    201-942-2833; fine ecclesiastical fabrics & trims; samples available.

    1. Jean_ | | #2

      *Thanks, Karen. A good place to start.

      1. Sarah_Kayla | | #3

        *There are zilliuons of sources out there for you to use. look at books of old manuscripts. There are Dover books of images and motifs from the middle ages. How about some of the Pre-raphaelite design books. There are books of old woodcuts, Gustave Dore illustrations, other illustrations of the bible, I make Judaica and am always on the lookout for old Jewish design. There is a dearth of those resources. There is a wealth of 2000 years of church design. Don't be limited by what vestment catalogs put out. Go through artbooks. A photocopier, tracing paper or a scanner are all your friends. What is the iconography for the seasopnal albs??? Use it and transform it. What are the texts used at that season, incorporate them into the vestments - Use the prayerbook and the bible as your sources. This is what i do in my work - but with jewish texts. it is a way to lift the mundane into a whole new realm. you have the opportunity to transform ritual and people's experience of ritual into something deeply meaningful and ritual garments. Use it well.sarah

        1. Jean_ | | #4

          *Thanks for your input Sarah. I appreciate it. Never thought to check the Dover books!

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