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Vestments

IN THIS SECTION WE COLLECT links related to the vestments used in the chancel and choir of most Anglican parishes. We provide you with links to suppliers and designers, as well as to informative and historical resources. To submit an additional site for our consideration, use this link.


Clergy outfitters and vestment makers

Adrian Hamers (USA)
A wide selection of products, with Gold and silversmithing, antiques, and vestments.
[Roman Catholic emphasis.]

Angel Work Designs (USA)
'Custom designed and embroidered vestments and paraments by Anne Louise Gillilan. My great joy as an artist is to produce works that have spiritual significance for whom they are designed and add to the joy of worship.'

Art from the Soul (USA)
'Clergy stoles for all seasons and large format liturgical banners with award winning fine art. We create the art and print our own fabric. Custom orders welcome or choose from our large selection.'

Augsburg Fortress Online (USA)
Dealers in education resources, books, worship resources, music, ecclesiastical arts, and gifts. Owned by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Australian Church Embroideries (Australia)
'I have been making vestments for 15 years for Anglican clergy in Australia and Papua New Guinea and have enjoyed creating garments that have added to the celebration of the service in the Anglican Church.'

Big Daddy's Gypsy Caravan (USA)
Not the most obvious name for a company that makes good materials; however, if you need material for vestments, it might be worth looking here.

C&M Designs (USA)
'Highest quality, perfectly fitting clerical stoles crafted by professional fiberartists working in their own studios across North America. We specialize in vestments that lift up the joy of celebration, the dignity of ancient traditions, and the bright, compelling energy of spiritual renewal. C&M Designs is a North Carolina company committed to excellence since 1994. We ship globally.'

C M Almy (USA)
'The people of CM Almy are dedicated to being the world’s best suppliers of decorative furnishings, apparel, worship-related products and gifts to churches, religious institutions, their clergy and members.'

Chagall Design Limited (USA)
Carson, California. 'We specialize in creating Chasubles, Dalmatics, Albs, Stoles, Altar Covers, Lectern Covers, Banners and a variety of accessories to enhance the beauty of your church.'

Challwood Studio (USA)
'Contemporary liturgical textile design including copes and miters, chasubles and stoles, pulpit robes and banners created by Paul Woodrum, priest, and Victor Challenor, first life-professed black laybrother of the Order of the Holy Cross'.

Church Linens and Vestments (USA)
Based in Queensbury, New York, they specialize in 'Ecclesiastical Fabrics and Trims for Construction Of Religious Vestments and Robes for Clergy, Servers, Organist and Choir Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox.'

Church Vestments Worldwide (UK)
(formerly Adoremus church vestments)
'Established since 1989 as a family run business, we are now based in Greater Manchester UK.'

Clergy Couture (USA)
'Women of all denominations are welcome in Clergy Couture to express themselves through Clergy Apparel. Clergy Couture apparel is functional, made of natural fibers and affordable.'

Clerical Shirts Clergy Shirts (UK)
'Supplying clerical shirts and blouses since 1965'
.

CLIFFORD+CHALLY (California, USA)
'designing and producing custom vestments and paraments since 1997 for churches and individuals alike. Each order is created to the specifications of the client, and draws on environmental elements, architectural details, trademarks, or personal interests to produce designs that are truly unique.'

Clive Adie Church Supplies (UK)
Clerical shirts, church vestments, and church linen.

Communion Linens (Virginia USA)
'We create fine handmade & hand embroidered Irish Linens for the Altar.'

Cote and Cutler (Australia)
Katoomba. 'Our rapidly expanding range includes ready-made clothing from the 17th Century and earlier, as well as cutlery, buttons, belts and fittings, hats, and craft tools.' 'while having started from the basis of making historical replica costumes, is fast becoming a major Australian supplier of vestment fabrics, and will soon have a gallery of actual vestments we have made online'.

Croft Design (UK)
Vestment makers and clerical tailors offering 'a full range of clerical tailoring and ecclesiastical embroidery. We also offer a restoration service for old or damaged vestments, frontals or banners'.

Cross Designs, Derby (UK)
'Made-to-measure clerical wear, women and men, shirts, vestments and more'.

Davis d'Ambly (USA)
Based in the USA, he has designed and created altarpieces, woodcarvings, furnishings, vestments and hangings, and tapestries for many well-known Episcopal churches in the States.

Desmarais and Robitaille (Canada)
'Professional liturgical design consultation, conception of fine ecclesiastical articles and furniture, design and creation of original stained-glass art for liturgical space and a complete line of vestments, statues, sacred vessels, accessories and religious art'. Download the catalogue (PDF) to see their line of vestments, which are oddly not mentioned on the website.

Details in Design (USA)
'a needle art studio, specializes in fine handmade linens for the altar. Our company is a past member of the Irish Linen Guild and we have also been affiliated with the Masters of Linen, an International organization that promotes and endorses the highest standards of excellence in the manufacture and use of linen in the textile industry.'

F A Dumont (UK)
This UK source offers a large selection of church supplies: from Altar bread to chalices to vestments, and much among.

Fruit of the Vine (USA)
Episcopalian vestment and parament maker.

Gaspard (USA)
This well-known vestment firm located in Brookfield, Wisconsin specializes in handcrafted products and high quality materials. Their complete catalogue is available online.

Grace Liturgical Vestments (USA)
Custom traditional vestments. 'A new resource in the field of vestment design. Owner-designer Patrick Boylan draws from years of experience designing in the garment industry.'

Hayes and Finch
'The World's Finest Manufacturer and Supplier of Church Furnishings, vestments, communion articles, candles and supplies. Established in 1882 and still the market leader.' You can purchase online.

A Heavenly Stitch (USA)
Custom made church vestments. Profits support Cabrini House, a ministry and home for single women in Phoenix, Arizona.

Holy Cloaks (USA)
'Specializes in custom embroidered clergy stoles. A percentage of all sales are donated to a local city church and a comfort care facility in memory of my cofounder.'

The Holy Rood Guild (USA)
Designers and makers of liturgical vesture and furnishings and 'an enterprise of the Cistercian monks of Saint Joseph’s Abbey located in central Massachusetts, in concert with tailors and craftsmen from around New England.'

The House of Hansen (USA)
'Based in Chicago, The House of Hansen makes custom tailored clerical garments, complete church supplies and religious articles.'

House of Ilona (UK)
Designer clergy dresses from Milton Keynes.

Ichthys Designs (USA)
A States-based designer who 'has been supplying vestments and church appointments since 1989, and has been represented at seminaries across the United States, as well as at church conventions'. Includes numerous images of custom-made vestments.

J & M Sewing Service (UK)
This firm specialises in church robes and vestments with an online catalogue. 'There's always time for courtesy.

Jacquie Binns Church Textiles (UK)
From banners and frontals to copes and chasubles. We were enamoured of her astonishingly lovely creations.

Jan Laurie, Fabric Artist (Canada)
'One style of stole in all colours of the Christian church year.'

Jeff Wunrow Designs (USA)
An 'active Episcopalian' and 'liturgical artist' in St. Louis, Missouri, designs and makes vestments, stoles, paraments and banners.

Juliet Hemingray Church Textiles (UK)
Original designs for vestments and banners, all made by hand; some are hand-painted.

Karen Brodie Designs (Canada)
'A Canadian fabric artist whose strength is colour. She carries a line of stoles, and does commissions on altar sets, hangings of all sizes and stoles'.

Kinlar Vestments (Australia)
'Vestmaker maker, creating quality hand-made and decorated vestments with unique emroidery and applique designs'.

Lady Vicar (NZ)
Stretch knit clerical shirts for women.

Lake House Liturgical Stoles
'A maker of handmade liturgical stoles
'.

LARC (Liturgical Arts of the Rivendell Community) (USA)
'A ministry of Riv

Linda Witte Henke (USA)
'Award-winning textile artist specializing in work purposed for liturgical use.'

Luzar Vestments (UK)
'a supplier of traditional vestments and other ecclesiastical items, both new, second-hand and antique.'

The LV Greyes Partnership (Canada)
Canadian-based conservators, restorers and makers of fine traditional handsewn costume and furnishings.

Maria Sjödin (Sweden)
'Functional and stylish clerical wear for a new generation of priests and lay people. Clerical shirts in tricot, raw silk or wool crepe.'

Michael Wilson (USA)
Clerical vestment designer and tailor. Based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Moral Fibers (USA)
Based in Tennessee, Annette Noe is a liturgical designer of stoles, chasubles and banners
, all of which are made with silk. (She offers a stole workshop at Sewanee: University of the South.)

Pax-House (Mexico)
A non-profit organization in Guadalajara, Mexico that supports the poor and needy in Mexico, and missions in Central and South America. They make and sell new items as well as used (recycled and restored) church supplies, sacred vessels, altarware, and vestments.

St Bede Studio (Australia)
'makes traditional vestments for clients worldwide'.

Sandra Briney Designs (USA)
'Artistic custom hand weaving and painting of liturgical paraments, stoles, chasubles'. A fine website.

Slabbinck (Belgium)
A Belgian vestment maker. Although Slabbinck are a firm catering primarily to Roman Catholics, our correspondent notes 'many Anglican clergy I know, especially in Australia, wear vestments made by them. They make magnificent banners, etc as well. It's a lovely site, telling you liturgical colour for the day as well as suggestions'.

Strands Embroidery and Design (Canada)
'Makers of hand crafted church linens, clergy vestments and church paraments. All design work is individualized and linens are made by hand, using fine quality materials.' The studio/workroom is located 15km west of Peterborough, Ontario and is open by chance or appointment.

Trevor Floyd & Co (USA)
Church vestments, columbaria, stained glass, furnishings and metalware.

UK Vestments (UK)
'a new web based Church Vestment and Clerical Attire cottage business operating from London'.

Vanpoulles Church Furnishers (UK)
'established in 1908 to supply the Church with all types of Church requisites. The original 1908 Vanpoulles Bros. catalogue listed a vast range of clerical wear in 76 different product types which has been built upon over the years to an unequalled range of almost 7,000 designs of both textile and non-textile items, in both modern and traditional vestment styles.'

Vestments and Christian Art (UK)
Based in England, this small firm believes that 'every minister, priest and church needs the right tools to carry out their ministry and that includes the symbols they use. This means we are committed to providing a free design service for each and every customer. We don't believe that church vestments have to be expensive designer works or from a standard catalogue'.

Vine Embroidery (UK)
'Clare Hanham-Clensy takes on individual commissions, work for churches, antique dealers and dress designers alongside her busy teaching schedule.'

Watts and Company (UK)
'For more than 125 years Watts & Company have made some of the finest church vestments and furnishings. Today Watts continues the tradition of high quality craftsmanship and individual designs. Embroidery is an important speciality relying entirely on hand techniques.'

Wippell (UK, USA)
Wippell's founded in 1789 in Exeter, England is one of the oldest and largest clerical outfitters and church furnishings companies. The entire inventory is not online, and the online ordering is rudimentary. But the site is at least a start.

Women Spirit (USA)
A firm that 'designs and creates vestments especially for the unique needs of women clergy. Our women clergy line includes robes, chasubles, scapulars, stoles and blouses'

Yvonne Bell, Vestment Maker and Christian Artist (UK)
'She uses modern and traditional themes and techniques to illustrate the Christian message and provides churches, ministers, and priests with tools to aid their ministry'.


Cleaning

Jeeves of Belgravia (UK; also has a small New York City branch.)
An Anglicans Online editor has entrusted church vestments to Jeeves for cleaning, and was most satisfied with the results. You might enquire first if you are uncertain of how well antique items might stand the cleaning process.


History

Through the Years with Gaiters: An Anglicans Online special report
A comprehensive look at this most Anglican of ecclesiastical accoutrements, with anecdotes from around the communion.


Miscellaneous

The Warham Guild
A brief history, with bibliography. Originally published in 1987 by the Anglican Bibliopole.


Needlework

Needlework and Embroidery
A bookshop featuring hard-to-find and out-of-print items.

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