Pentecost a Season of Red Liturgical Fabrics
The seasons of the church year follow an orderly pattern. This week we wrap up the season of Lent and enter Holy Week. In just a matter of days, we will celebrate Easter.
While we make final preparations to celebrate Easter, it is also time to look ahead at the liturgical calendar. Pentecost is just around the corner. The traditional color used for Pentecost vestments is Red. I love the red fabrics. (I admit my bias as I love and appreciate the beauty of all of the lovely fabrics we have the honor of working with).
For those interested in a rundown on appropriate red fabrics for use during Pentecost, here are a few of my favorite “red” things.
Red St. Margaret Brocade
The St. Margaret Brocade is a stunning liturgical brocade which features a Tudor Rose and a Crown. The design motifs are joined by a scrolling lattice and vine border. This is a rich and regal fabric. It creates beautiful stoles, copes, chasubles, and altar hangings.
The pattern is bold and the design motifs are moderate to large size.
The St. Margaret red is the brightest red Liturgical Brocade Fabric. It pairs well with a large number of other fabrics which may be used for accents. This is a great fabric and color of use during Pentecost or where a bright red brocade is desired.
St. Margaret Brocade Red/Gold
St. Margaret is one of the fabrics in the collection that is woven as a solid-colored brocade, as well as a two-tone brocade.
The two-tone effect is created during the weaving process. The weft yarns are a gold-colored yarn. The combination of gold and red creates a fiery appearance that is perfect for use during Pentecost.
The Fairford Brocade is also available in the stunning two-toned fiery red/gold color option. With the richness of the brocade, minimal trim is required.
Cloister and it’s companion fabric, St. Aidan, both come in a lovely red that is most suitable for use in creating church vestments. Cloister Brocade and St. Aidan Brocade are lovely brocades that are a bit more affordable for some church vestment needs. While the brocade is not as heavy as the yard-dyed brocades, the weaving details are stunning. The fabrics have a lovely weight and drape beautifully in vestments such as chasubles and copes. They have a lighter look and hang and create a fluid moving effect. The fabric also cuts well to be used as orphrey bands.
Another favorite fabric for use in creating red vestments is Lichfield.
The Red Lichfield Brocade is a rich red that works for Pentecost, as well as for other festivals which call for red vestments. The red is a moderate red, being neither too bright nor too dark. Lichfield is woven with a Tudor Rose Motif and a Fleur de Lis motif which are joined by vine work. The red pattern and design motif in Lichfield is a great option for use in banners and large hangings or dossal curtains. The design remains clear and highly visible, even at a distance.
People sometimes confuse the Tudor Rose with the Luther Rose. To clarify, the Tudor Rose is a symbol which dates from the Tudor time period. It is a combination of the Red and White Roses from the House of Lancaster and the House of York. The symbol was adopted by Henry VII.
Luther Rose Brocade
The Luther Rose Brocade is our Exclusive Fabric at Ecclesiastical Sewing.
It is woven with the same colored red yarns as are used in Lichfield. It is a lovely red that is neither too bright, nor too dark. It works well for Pentecost, Reformation, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Feasts of the Martyrs were red vestments are used.
The Luther Rose emblem and a Patonce cross are connected with a scrolling vine motif. The Luther Rose was an emblem created by Martin Luther the 1500’s. The Luther Rose motif has a heart and cross at its center. The Luther Rose brocade is a lovely fabric to work with. The size and scale of the brocade are easy to work with.
Ely Crown Liturgical Brocade
Ely Crown is a small scale design that is very user-friendly. The pattern, while simple, creates stunning vestments and altar hangings.
Ely Crown may be embellished with elegant trims or hand or machine embroidery.
Silk Dupioni is known for its sheen and often brilliant colors. Silk dupioni has a brilliant red that works well for Pentecost Vestments.
The Red Silk pairs well with the Red/Gold Evesham Brocatelle, as well as with many other options.
We hope you enjoy looking at the wide range of red liturgical brocades and fabric options available at Ecclesiastical Sewing for use in creating vestments for the upcoming season of Pentecost. The fabrics may be found on our website here.
Which Red fabric and pattern is your favorite for the season of Pentecost?
Soli Deo Gloria