Lace Making for Altar Cloths

As the weekend comes to a close, it is time to relax and enjoy a bit of Ecclesiastical Sewing across the web. I have some wonderful friends from around the world who are involved with Vestment making and the Ecclesiastical Vestment arts. Email is the lifesaving link the keeps us connected. Sometime we share information on how our projects are coming along, occasionally we collaborate on projects, and sometimes, we “share the news.” The best part with sharing the news is the photos of others projects. There is always that anticipation and excitement to see the vast array of talent displayed in the projects being completed for use in the church.

There was a link in my inbox this morning that did just that. It shared a bit of Ecclesiastical news from around the world, and the project is a delight. The project entailed an unusual topic with a link that led to a bit of lace and finery. You might be wondering how lace and finer fits into the world of Ecclesiastical Sewing? Lace can be used in a number of ways on Ecclesiastical Vestments.

Lace, and variations there of, is often applied to the hemline and sleeves of vestments such as a  rochet which forms part of the choir robes.


The lace can vary with styles of pattern, and materials, being sometimes a little heavier and bolder, to being something very light and airy.

In looking around a bit for information on lace making for church vestments, Project Gutenberg has a lovely book available on the topic of The Art of Modern Lace Making. Much of the book is devoted to secular lace making designs and patterns, but there is one little section with a lovely cross pattern worked in Battenberg lace.

The use of lace within the church is not limited to use on vestments.  These lovely laces are also suitable for use with altar cloths. Lace is sometimes used on the ends of a Fair Linen, or it may also be used in a way that is similar to a superfrontal, where the lace hangs down the front edge of the altar along the length.

And to so, I would like to share the photo and article on this lovely Lace Altar Cloth   that was in my inbox this morning. The altar cloth was hand-made and truly a labor of love.

The article states:

“The lace on the altar cloths features squares with crosses, a simple square alternating with a complicated one. The lace is made with threads wound on bobbins, similar to miniature bowling pins, which are crossed and twisted.”

Without providing anything more in the way of details, one must assume this project was made using the techniques of bobbin lace.

If anyone is in the Lancaster, PA area, be sure to plan a visit to see these stunning pieces of lace work for Church Altar Cloths.

Wishing you a joy-filled weekend.

Solo Dei Gloria

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Filed under: Fair Linen Tagged: Altar cloth, Altar lace, Battenberg Lace, Ecclesiastsical Sewing, Fair Linen, lace altar cloth, Rochet


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