Information on a Brocade

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Information on a Brocade

Today I want to draw your attention to one of our Yarn Dyed Brocades. At Ecclesiastical Sewing, we hope to create many church vestment makers. We provide patterns, trims, and even fabrics. A key part of vestment-making is learning about the fabric’s availability and about the information on a brocade.


William Perkins originally designed Glastonbury Brocade around 1890 A.D., featuring a Rose and a Crown of Thorns on this fabric. There is a story behind the choice of these symbols. It is said that Joseph of Arimathea visited Glastonbury, England in the first century. While there, he and his companions climbed Wearyall Hill. As he rested, Joseph struck his staff into the side of the hill. This took root and grew into the original thorn tree. Many clippings from this original tree were saved throughout the years. This proved valuable because Puritan soldiers cut down the thorn tree during the English Civil War. The most recent tree was planted from these clippings in 1951.

Vandalism badly damaged this tree in 2010, and there are many interesting articles on the web for anyone who cares to read about it. Ultimately, both Pagans and Christians consider this thorn tree an object of interest. This beautiful tree flowers around Easter and then again around Christmas time.

Why Glastonbury Brocade

Our Glastonbury Brocade has a small pattern repeat. Its rich heritage has seen extensive use for years and will continue to do so for many years to come. Not only does Glastonbury Brocade have a reasonable price point, but the colors are the standard colors of the church seasons.

Interested in using Glastonbury Brocade? You can always order a sample from Ecclesiastical Sewing. Just as we encourage you to begin or continue to sew for your church, we encourage you to expand your choices of fabric. Whether this is the face fabric, the background of embroidery, or an orphrey on another fabric, Glastonbury can be used in all these instances! Make a vestment or use Glastonbury as an accent–a fantastic option!–not just because it is an A+ fabric, but also because of its rich history and symbolic meaning.

Thank you for reading and learning about this beautiful brocade.

~Nihil Sine Deo~

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