The other day a friend and patron of this blog set a suggestion for a new set of vestments.
Nice, huh? Take a closer look!
I am in the process of having fabrics, custom damasks, woven for upcoming sets of vestments. It is an interesting process, though it is dragging out. I am running out of time!
We will have a black/black woven. We will have a gold/gold woven, to match as closely as we can the color of the gold silk set I had made some time ago. There wasn’t enough fabric for, for example, an antependium. I want to complete that set, even though the patterns of the weave won’t match. I have the options also of gold/metallic gold, which would be amazing and, blue/gold… remember, I want to make a Pontifical set in blue, but if the blue and the gold are balanced in quantity, it can work both ways.
Anyway, here are some shots of the “dips” of the fibers for the gold.
Yes, that’s Chinese.
It is an interesting process.
This time I have in mind more of an English “gothic” style, with wider panels/bars for the distinguishing marks. I’ll use the dusty gold not only for the pieces we are missing from the gold set, but also for these panels in the black set.
Anyway, this is what the TMSM are working on! We can use all the tax deductible help that YOU can give us! Please donate! Use the link, just above.
Also, another goal that I have is for the Society to have its own crosier and variations on the miter, with matching albs for the sacred ministers, so that clerics could effectively come in off the street, or we could move the whole thing on the road, and then just do it. I would like eventually to get matching albs and maybe surplices for the MCs.
To that end, at Liturgical Arts Journal – a new project of the original founder of NLM – I saw a post about some folks who are making vestments and altar cloths with high quality linen and good lace. I like the idea of supporting initiatives like these. HERE Perhaps you good lay people might ask Father what he would like to have and then have them made. When you contact them, tell them “Fr. Z sent me!”
Our revitalization of our liturgical worship will be aided by the rise of these new efforts to make good vestments and statues and glass, etc. All these liturgical arts have to be revived. There are great opportunities for those of you who have skills already or who would like to learn to, say, bind books, make stained glass, embroider images, carve wood, make chalices and other vessels.
Working together is also a great possibility. For example, back in the day I tried to link up St. Joseph’s Apprentice, who makes the great portable altars, with SPORCH, who makes the great travel altar cards. After that, I suggested someone who could make tailor linens for the altars. It all works together.