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Ecclesiastical Sewing: Our Story

The Ecclesiastical Sewing Family:

Here at Ecclesiastical Sewing, we like to keep the focus on what we do and love: making church vestments, altar hangings, and church linens, and visiting different churches while we travel. And of course, we love to share what we do with you our readers; and we are working hard to provide fabrics, instructions, Ecclesiastical embroidery designs, and soon, church vestment patterns and a host of other items so that those who are interested can make or order things for use in your churches. After all, this is a service and ministry first and foremost as a reflection of the gifts we have been given; and a desire to serve others by helping in the planning and construction of altar hangings and church vestments for your churches, pastors, and priests.

But if you, dear readers, would allow me to take just a moment of your time to introduce the family behind Ecclesiastical Sewing and share Our Story with you.

The Ecclesiastical Sewing Family

We would like you to meet the family behind Ecclesiastical Sewing. Ecclesiastical Sewing was founded in 2014 by Carrie Roberts. This working mother of three saw the need for ecclesiastical vestments that were rich and elegant enough to be used in church worship services, yet affordable enough that even the smallest and humblest of churches could have purchase options. While continuing to manage her husband’s office, Carrie gathered the talents of her family and put them to use to create her vision.

Although her fashion design degree and years of working in product development in international markets were major assets, Carrie spent several years gathering resources to ensure that her liturgical vestment products would be traditional yet functional. With the help of her artistic son Christopher, she started to create designs to be embroidered on various church vestment pieces. Branching out from design creation, Ecclesiastical Sewing will offer patterns, books, linens, liturgical vestment fabrics, vestment kits, and so much more.

Hand and Machine Embroidery Designs

A major focus of Ecclesiastical Sewing will include embroidery designs for hand and machine embroidery. To further her skills in the realm of hand embroidery, Carrie has taken hand embroidery coursework through Hand and Lock, the Royal School of Needlework, and the Williamsburg School of Needlework.

What started with sewing a pastoral stole and chasuble over thirty-five years ago in college and sewing and embroidering a new altar set for one church has now been made into an international operation.

Church Vestment History

After graduating college in 2016, Ashley, Carrie’s married daughter, began to work full-time for Ecclesiastical Sewing. Ashley and her husband Travis are bringing international networks into the picture by utilizing their specific degrees. Ashley is the historian and author, bringing to life the history and traditions of churches, church vestments, and saints, and telling the story of how these important elements are tied to our worship life and the church vestments we use today. Travis is assisting with inventory management and all things managerial.

The Ecclesiastical Sewing Family

The technical wizard cannot be forgotten. Nicholas, the youngest member of the family, has a knack for all things computer. Through his talents, the designs created by his older brother are brought to life through digital media.

To learn more about Ecclesiastical Sewing, we invite you to:

Visit our blog at Ecclesiastical Sewing: Blog

Our WordPress blog can be found at Blog: Ecclesiastical Sewing

You can find us on Facebook at Ecclesiastical Sewing: Facebook

Follow us on Twitter at Ecclesiastical Sewing Twitter

Pinterest followers can join us at Ecclesiastical Sewing and Ecclesiastical Embroidery

and Ecclesiastical Sewing and Liturgical Fabrics

Photo lovers may also enjoy our pages located on Flickr

We can be reached by email at or on our contact page

Carrie and her husband Clint are delighted to invest their time and talents into the glorification of the House of God. The couple, who met through their church many years ago, has always given their first fruits back. The Roberts, located in Northern Minnesota,  and the Zerwas family, located in Colorado,  are pleased to keep this rich, historic art of church vestment making alive and accessible to all.

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  1. Love this whole new presentation…of course, now that we have finished new Chasubles for every season and holy days that is not enough.
    Now we have to concentrate on Altar Linens. What are your resources for instructions for all the types and styles needed and the patterns and linens? While doing the Chasubles we also made the Bourse, Veil and matching Stole. Wonderful experience.
    Thank you.

    • HI Lurline,
      So glad to hear everything turned out well for the making of the church vestments for every season as well as for Holy Days. What a treasure these items are for an entire church community. For altar linens, we have a nice assortment of Irish linens, and a linen/cotton blend fabric, as well as pre-cut small altar linen items such as purificators, labavo and corporl. The instructions for making altar linens are in the works, and we hope to have those in a few months. In the mean time, there are instructions available from the Order of St. Veronica online. We will keep everyone posted on when the Linen instructions and embroidery designs are available.

      Best regards,

      • Thanks so much for the update on the linen. I will keep checking in with you for availability.
        We are not yet close to shutting the doors because we have run out of Purificators! I just want to get a head start on the next project. Keep me on the notification list. I am also so tempted to get
        some of the new brocades…everything is looking yummy!