About Carrie R and Ecclesiastical Sewing
Sewing has been a part of my life since I was about 8 years old. When my mom made my school dresses, she cut out Barbie doll clothes from the scraps, gave me a needle and thread, and let me go to town. I was on my own to figure things out, and used those doll dresses for many years of play. During Summer Holidays a few years later, Mom signed me up for a sewing class and hand embroidery class. I made a backpack and did hand embroidery on it, and made a smocked top. During the rest of that summer, I hardly left the side of her sewing machine, making many of my own clothes for school that fall.
Over the years, I took every sewing class available at school, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Costume Design. I have continued that education, taking courses in hand embroidery from the Williamsburg School of Needlework, Hand and Lock of the UK, and The Royal School of Needlework. My passion is creating embroidery designs, couture sewing and tailoring, hand embroidery, and vestment making.
The first Ecclesiastical Sewing I did came during the college years when I made an Easter Stole and white Chasuble for my pastor. Years passed before the opportunity to make Church Vestments resurfaced. It happened unexpectedly with the move to a new community, and joining a new church. New vestments were needed, so I picked up the torch again, never dreaming where it would lead. There have been struggles with learning the craft of vestment making, trying to find information that once must have been common knowledge but now seems lost, or perhaps buried in the archives of Monasteries and vaults of vestment houses whose doors have long been shuttered. Now that knowledge gleaned from years of study, research and learning this lost art form is being put to a new purpose, with the goal of sharing that knowledge with others. Ecclesiastical Sewing has become a dream fulfilled, where we may serve those who also wish to have high quality vestments, fabrics, and patterns for use in making their own church vestments, or purchasing their own vestments made from these lovely liturgical brocade, damask, silk and tapestry fabrics.
Ecclesiastical Sewing was established in 2014, and our online store opened in September 2016. We are a small family business in Northern Minnesota. We offer high quality religious fabrics suitable for making church vestments. Our liturgical church vestment fabrics,which are woven in the United Kingdom, feature a variety of historical and traditional patterns, some of which have been created by Sir Ninian Comper, and other well know liturgical designers. While traditions are to be embraced, there is always the need to create new liturgical fabric designs. In 2017, we are pleased to announce our that our first Liturgical Brocade fabric, Luther Rose, will be available for purchase in early February to mark the Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
As thoughts came together for our online store, I thought of the struggles I encountered when I began making Church Vestments years ago. The struggles included a lack of patterns and instructions, as well as a lack of embroidery designs and suitable fabrics. Keeping these thoughts in mind, and to be of service to others as they create items of beauty for their houses of worship is the reason why we exist.
We hope you enjoy reading through our blog where we share projects, history and techniques relating to vestment making, liturgical fabrics, church linens, religious embroidery designs, and so much more. Please be sure to visit our online store: Ecclesiastical Sewing. Where we offer liturgical religious fabrics, Church Linen fabric, silk dupioni fabric, brocade and damask fabric, patterns for making vestments, ready-made church vestments, altar linens, religious machine embroidery designs, galloons, trims, notions, and slate frames for hand embroidery.
Soli Deo Gloria