Ecclesiastical Sewing has created new designs for church vestments and paraments including patterns for things like altar hangings and special embroidery for pastors’ stoles. One of the design, called Luther Rose Gold Spray, has a vintage look with a special emblem. Another design, Luther Rose Quatrefoil, comes in different sizes for things like stoles and chasubles. There’s also a design for letters, like the ones used in liturgical embroidery, called Reformation VDMA. Another favorite is the Patonce Cross, available in various sizes.
VDMA Cross Embroidery Design
– The first design is the VDMA Cross embroidery design. It features the letters VDMA which in Latin is Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum for the Word of the Lord Endures Forever. This emblem was embroidered on clothing, and engraved on swords, armor, and coins. Wonderful examples of this are found at the Lutheran Reformation.org The VDMA Cross is available as a digital embroidery file that may be downloaded and stitched out using an embroidery sewing machine. We also have the design stitched out and prepared for use as orphrey bands to be stitched on a pastoral stole.
This Ecclesiastical Embroidery design is the first in our new Collection entitled Christmas Rose. This version features a single Christmas Rose embroidered in white threads with a yellow center. The rose has five petals and five leaves. It wears a simple gold crown that can be worked in metallic gold threads. This Religious embroidery design is available as an instant download file in different file formats to be stitched by an embroidery machine. The files are available in sizes 2-inch, 3.5-inch, 5-inch, 7-inch, and 9-inch sizes. This first design is being introduced now, and additional designs will be introduced throughout the coming year so that you may plan ahead for next year. It is our hope that this Messianic Christmas Rose design may serve as a reminder of gifts we are given through the Birth of the Christ Child; and that you have a peaceful and joyous Christmas Celebration and a Blessed New Year.
Carrie has written an instruction booklet for making and embroidering small Church Linens and altar linens. This booklet describes the making and care for the small altar linens used during the service of Holy Communion or the Eucharist. Also included in the booklet is a collection of original and vintage hand embroidery designs. This booklet is our gift to you for subscribing to the Ecclesiastical Sewing email list!
Our collection of digital machine embroidery designs, offers most liturgical machine embroidery designs in a wide range of digital files. File formats are DST, EMB, EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PES, and XXX. Some formats may not be available for certain designs based on size. Some designs, such as the VDMA Cross Symbol are original designs that we’ve created.
A slate frame is used in hand embroidery to hold the embroidery base fabric “drum tight” to provide even tension for working hand embroidery stitches. When the frame is drum tight, and properly placed on a set of trestle stands, the embroiderer has both hands free to work on the embroidery. This is the standard style of frame used by professional embroiderers because they know they will obtain superior results when using these frames with their finished work. This is the style of frame used by the instructors in the Royal School of Needlework when they teach the Certificate and Diploma Courses.
The ancient Israelites worshiped in the Tabernacle and later in the first Temple, which was the stationary building that replaced the Tabernacle. God instructed Moses exactly how to build the richly ornate Tabernacle and the Israelites used this mobile worship space for many years. In the reign of King Solomon, no expense was spared in the construction of the first Temple. This Temple was then sacked and many years later it was rebuilt as recorded in Ezra. Finally, King Herod renovated and added the second Temple, which was then destroyed in 70 A.D.
Each renowned saint has his or her own symbol in ecclesiastical sewing. A church that is named after a blessed saint can place that saint’s symbol on a piece of ecclesiastical vestment. All Saints Day, is the celebration of all of the Christian saints. During the mass persecutions, saints were martyred and there was no way to keep track of them all and mark each day as their own saint’s day. And so All Saints Day is the day we remember them. We decorate our churches in white, which reminds the feasting eyes of the congregation of the triumph of the saints, washed of their sins and made as white as snow by the all-availing sacrifice of Christ Our Saviour.
The Chi Rho symbol is the large “P” combined with the “X” to create a monogram that depicts the first two letters of the Greek word KHRistos. The Chi Rho is a chrismon, or christogram. This lovely monogram can take many shapes and forms. The “P” in this version is embroidered using a very deep red color, outlined with a dark gray to set it off against the black background. The “X” is embroidered using a slightly lighter red color, outlined with the same deep gray thread.
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. 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. While 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, Travis is assisting with inventory management and all things managerial. And the youngest member of the family, Nicholas who has a knack for all things computer. Through his talents, the designs created by his older brother are brought to life through digital media.
Like the majority of modern ecclesiastical vestments, the cope has its origins in ancient garments. The Cope–Norris, unlike other vestments, is a bit of a mystery. With an unknown origin, its ancestor could be either the garment known as a paenula, the lacuna, or the buyers.
Evesham, which is made from silk fibers, comes in two different pattern scales: a large size pattern, and a small pattern. With two sizes of scales of patterns to select from, The project will combine the use of both the large and small patterns of Evesham.
The liturgical vestment known as the stole–the type we see today–came into form around the twelfth century; it has retained the basic shape familiar to us with minor variations over time. The variations include width, spade ends, and neckline variations. The styles of stole decorations have changed dramatically through the centuries.
September 14th is noted as Holy Cross Day, which is celebrated in both Eastern and Western Churches around the world. The Church of England marks this festival day with the use of the color Red. Holy Cross Day was introduced into the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in 1982, yet this festival may be unfamiliar to many Lutherans today. The history of this festival dates back to the time of Constantine and his mother, St. Helena.
The mitre is a white linen cap that is stiffened with parchment–in the modern era, thin plastic or cardboard can be used–and placed upon a stiff linen band. This linen band is then encircled with gold and there can be at the apex a cone of gold. In this century, not only did this special cap receive a name, but the custom of the pope bestowing the mitre on his favorite bishops came into practice. In the twelfth century, the rounded top of the cap began to dip in the middle, due to the binding of a band of gold that ran from front to back.