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Category: Linen Fabric

Linen fabric is a highly searched-after natural material that has been used for centuries. It comes from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is well known for its breathability, lightweight texture, and crisp feel. This is a versatile fabric that can be used to create a wide range of garments and home decorations

Linen fabric is a popular choice for making liturgical altar linen due to its natural properties. It is a breathable fabric that allows air to circulate, keeping the altar linens fresh and dry. Linen is also known for its ability to absorb moisture, making it an ideal choice for church purposes. All these properties make linen the perfect fabric for making liturgical altar linen, such as altar cloths, corporals, purificators, and lavabo towels.

In addition to being a choice of fabric for clothing, linen is also popular for home designs. Its crisp texture adds sturdy and cleanness to any room, and it is particularly well-suited for curtains and tablecloths.

Not only is linen aesthetically pleasing, but it is also durable and absorbent. Its natural luster adds a clean white appearance to the church settings. At Ecclesiastical Sewing, we offer a variety of linen fabrics to suit your needs. From Dowlas Linen to Opalescent Linen, Radiance Optic White Linen, Renaissance Linen, and Resplendent Linen Blend Liturgical Fabric, we have something for everyone.

Therefore, Linen fabric is a highly versatile and durable material with natural properties that make it an excellent choice for various purposes, including clothing and liturgical uses. At Ecclesiastical Sewing, we are always open to offering choices of linen fabrics to improve your liturgical needs. So, why not consider using linen for your next project?

Hand Embroidery Design for Altar Linens

Hand Embroidery Design for Altar Linens

The design consists of a border pattern and a scrollwork cross embroidery pattern. The border pattern comes from my collection of vintage embroidery designs. These vintage designs come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and conditions. They must be cleaned up and turned into a line drawing to be used as an embroidery pattern. The cross pattern is a new design created from components of the border pattern.

altar linen fabric

Altar Linen Fabric Selection

My go-to linen of choice is Renaissance  Linen. Renaissance Linen is a lovely white Irish linen that is 60 inches wide. It has threads that can be pulled if one would like to hemstitch. This linen is a lovely weight for hand and machine embroidery. Renaissance is lovely enough to use for both everyday linen as well as for linen set aside or dedicated for use on festival occasions. Renaissance is an affordable linen. At 60 inches wide, one can easily get most fair linens out of a length and have plenty of linen remaining for use as small altar linens.

Hand Embroidered Linen Altar Set

Small Altar Linens and a Gift for You

Linens are an item used every day or every week in the life of most churches.  Linens are used for the most sacred and important part of a church service during the service of Holy Communion or the Eucharist. The small church linens or altar linens used in the Divine Service are the Fairlinen which is placed directly on the altar, the corporal, the lavabo towel, and the purificator. Some churches use a small side table that is covered by a Credence cloth.

Church Linen Books

Fair Linens: Part 2 Hems

Fair Linens are hand hemmed with a simple slip stitch worked in even tiny stitches. The quality of the hand hemming is determined by the number of stitches made in each inch of length, as well as the evenness of the stitching. To aid in obtaining even, tiny stitches, use a single strand of fine cotton thread such as YLI Heirloom Thread which is a 100/2 size, or a similar fine sewing thread.

Liturgical Linen

Linen is Here

An assortment of linens has arrived, perfect for creating altar linens. From lightweight cambric for sheer veils to fine linens ideal for intricate needlework, There’s even linen suited for making traditional Albs, and a range of yarn sizes perfect for hemstitching. Also with various widths, starting from 54 inches and going up to 120 inches.

Baptismal towel with tiny hand-embroidered cross

Vintage Baptismal Cloth

Baptismal Towels or Baptismal Napkins may be as simple or elaborate as one desires to make them.  The size of this Baptismal Cloth is approximately 19″ x 21″ as the finished size. The embroidery may be a very simple hand-embroidered cross. The hems should be narrow.  Now, there may be more specific instructions available in some older Church Vestment Books

Ecclesiastical Linen.

Wash on Friday, Iron on Saturday

Cleaning and ironing linen, though often disliked, proved essential for ecclesiastical projects. Preshrinking Alba Maxima, Ecclesiastical Linen, and Linen Cambric involved a careful process of soaking, rinsing, and pressing. Despite the effort, working with well-prepared linen, particularly Ecclesiastical Linen, was satisfying and crucial for successful embroidery.

White Garment for Holy Baptism

White Garment for Holy Baptism

Creating a special garment for Holy Baptism—a simple, symbolic white piece to signify putting on the Holiness of Christ. This keepsake, though used briefly, holds significance as part of the Order of Holy Baptism. An easy project with a tiny neckline, a cross or shell design, and simple edges, making it a meaningful and quick creation for a memorable occasion. Perfect for families who wish to cherish the remembrance of their infant’s baptism.