Chi Rho Liturgical Machine Embroidery Design

This morning I heard rumors of a heavy frost in Northern Minnesota, and that means only one thing. The summer months have faded into fall and colder weather is on the way. I have had a brief respite from the seasonal changes happening in the Lakes Area of Northern Minnesota, as I have been doing a bit of traveling this fall, enjoying some delightful fall weather in Williamsburg, VA.

Williamsburg Virginia


1Roberts, Carrie. Governor’s Palace Gardens. October 20th, 2016. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Colonial Williamsburg.

As the seasons change on the calendar, so too change the seasons of the church year. We are nearing the end of the church year, and during this time, there are some special days of celebration. The first is the Protestant Reformation celebrated on October 31, followed by All Saints Day which is celebrated on November 1.  The Reformation Celebration is marked by the wearing of red vestments, and a few weeks ago on Ecclesiastical Sewing, we were talking about combining red and black liturgical fabrics for use in making church vestments and altar hangings.  As part of that review of church vestment fabrics, which are available for purchase at our online store, we featured the Luther Rose machine embroidery design.



2Roberts, Carrie. Reformation Vestments. October 20th, 2016. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Minnesota.

This design is a nice options for those of the Lutheran faith, and we placed this design on the front of a chasuble.

For those who love the red and black color combination for use during other seasons of the church year, but may not prefer the Luther Rose Machine embroidery design we would also like to present an alternate embroidery design for use with the Lichfield and Evesham red and black  liturgical church vestment fabrics. This design features two elements that should be familiar to many within the church. The first element recognized in the design is the Chi Rho.



3Roberts, Carrie. Reformation Vestments. October 20th, 2016. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Minnesota.

The Chi Rho symbol is the large “P” combined with the “X” to create a monogram which depicts the first two letters of the the Greek word KHRistos. The Chi Rho is a chrismon, or christogram.  This lovely monogram can take many shapes and forms; and we will present more design options for this design in the coming weeks and months. 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.



4Roberts, Carrie. Reformation Vestments. October 20th, 2016. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Minnesota.

The other elements in this design feature the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end symbols. The Alpha and Omega are worked in gold threads, outlined by the dark gray to again stand out against the black.  The entire design has a wide blue border, with a narrow border of metallic gold threads.

The design is currently available in a 3.5 inch, 5 inch, 7 inch and 10 inch size.  The design comes standard stitched on white silk dupioni silk at this time, and in the future, we hope to have more flexibility and ability provide the designs on alternate fabrics.  If you have specific requests for fabrics or colors, please be sure to email us at Ecclesiastical Sewing.   While we have many items available for sale at our storefront, there is still much work to be done with the development of our complete line of liturgical machine embroidery designs.

This Chi Rho liturgical machine embroidery design, combined with the Alpha and Omega would work well as a design element for many seasons of the church year, including the Advent season which is fast approaching.  The 7″ size is designs for use on the back of a chasuble, either on a column orphrey, or the intersection of “Y” orphrey bands.  I really love this design for use on church vestments; and it would work equally well for use on a pulpit fall or altar frontal, and, in the small size, on pastoral stoles. The design lines are simple, and clean, and while the elements are traditional, dating back to the earliest times of Christianity, the design has a fresh and modern look.

Keep an eye open for this design to be reintroduced with variations in the coming months, both as machine embroidered designs, and if luck may have it, perhaps the design may surface as a hand embroidered project.

Soli Deo Gloria

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