Sunday, 23 April 2017

Festal Dalmatic

Recently, the Saint Bede Studio has completed a dalmatic, shewn in the adjacent image, for a returning customer of the Diocese of Covington (Kentucky) USA. The dalmatic, ornamented in the Roman style, was made to match a chasuble previously made by the Studio.

The dalmatic was made from a lovely ecclesiastical brocade in colours of ivory and straw. It is lined in a lemon-coloured taffeta and ornamented with a narrow galloon (designed by the Studio) in colours of burgundy and gold.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Festal Vestments

During the Easter Octave, we are pleased to present these vestments which were made by the Saint Bede Studio for a priest-customer of the Diocese of Arlington (Virginia) USA.

Our customer, being quite tall, requested a very ample chasuble for Festal Days, but with a decorative scheme which made reference to the Blessed Virgin. These vestments were made from a very lightweight golden silk damask and lined in Royal Blue taffeta. The orphrey braid, of the Studio's own design, was enhanced with a galloon border in red, gold and blue.

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Ad multos annos

The glory of the Day of Resurrection has an additional facet of joy this year, being the 90th birthday of our beloved Benedict XVI, formerly our Shepherd during the years 2005 - 2013.

The Church now is in troubled waters and we rely on the prayers of Pope Benedict, as we would look to a grandparent. May God grant him a clear mind and good health for the remainder of his earthly life.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Paschal Greetings 2017

To all readers of this blog and to customers and friends of the Saint Bede Studio, may many Graces be yours on the Day of our Lord's Resurrection.

In a world full of strife, violence, persecutions, hatred, abuse, etc. - all wrought by man - we look again to the optimistic Christian message that God has overcome Death and all the awfulness, frailties and disappointments of our earthly life and loves each and every poor sinner.

Christ is Risen !

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Passiontide 2017

The Saint Bede Studio recently completed a set of vestments for a young priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, USA.

These were vestments in the Saint Martin style: very ample.  The vestments were made from a purple ecclesiastical brocade and lined in a deep red shade of taffeta. They are ornamented with a narrow braid in colours of Royal Blue, red, gold and white. The distinctive arrangement of the braids is derived from the chasuble of Saint Thomas Becket at Sens Cathedral.

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Dalmatic for the Penitential Seasons

The Saint Bede Studio recently completed the vestments shewn in the adjacent photograph for a parish in the Diocese of Fall River (USA). This is one of two dalmatics and the matching chasuble is shewn in a previous post.

Although there are many different shades used for Lenten and Advent vestments (none of which has a claim to being the correct colour), nevertheless, this particular shade of violet is closer to what was used during the mediaeval period and until the beginning of the 20th century.  It is a subdued colour, but not dark, closer to the shade of the flowers violets

Instead of the ubiquitous treatment of gold ornament, these vestments are ornamented with galloons of charcoal and silver and are lined in taffeta of silver-grey. The dalmatics are ornamented in a modified form of the Roman manner.

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Gremlins

In the last 10 days, the Studio has been beset by difficulties : computer, telephone and related technocrap. Although not being a slave to the modern digital age, we are nevertheless forced to be fellow-travellers.

Correspondents, please bear with us. The actual sewing-work of the Studio has, happily, continued unimpaired.

"Normal service HAS been resumed as soon as possible." Basil Fawlty.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

For Laetare Sunday 2017

Twice a year, the Church breaks the tone of its penitential seasons by the use of rose-coloured vestments.  Rose-coloured vestments were never commonplace and they still are not.  Nevertheless, you will find various pronouncements these days (usually on websites) about what the real or authentic shade of rose is which is to be used for vestments.

Newsflash: there is no official shade of Rose designated by the Church, nor has there ever been.  The reason for this is rather simple: only in the last century did the process of dyeing fabric become sufficiently sophisticated to ensure that much the same shade of a colour emerged from one batch of fabric dyeing to another.  Previous to that, dyes were derived from plants etc., made up with a great deal of labour.

Many different colours have been deemed by the Church as acceptable as liturgical rose.  Some of these are a salmon shade; some a silvery-pink, almost mushroom-colour; some close to what we would call Bishop's purple or fuchsia; and some red with overtones of gold.

Another thing is certain: Bubblegum Pink is not Rose, nor has it been a traditional variation for use on these days. Whilst not intending to get into the argument as to whether the use of a such a vibrant pink is a fitting colour for a man to wear, "Bubblegum Pink" certainly manifests a lamentable lack of liturgical good taste. Sadly, pink-coloured vestments, purporting to be Rose, are becoming increasingly commonplace and now even appear at Papal Masses.

Featured in this post is the vestment shewn above, made for a returning customer in the Borromeon style. The vestments are made from a beautiful English silk damask and the orphrey is formed from a Puginesque braid in shades of burgundy, red and ash-grey, designed by and made especially for the Studio.

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Ladye Day 2017

To commemorate our Lady's Feast, we are pleased to present this Maria Regina chasuble, recently completed for a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The Maria Regina chasuble, especially intended for Feasts of the Blessed Virgin, is based on the style of chasuble commonly found in England and the Low Countries in the 15th and 16th centuries: long and pointed, but reaching only to the elbows. A similar cut of chasuble was adopted by AWN Pugin at the times of his Revival of "Gothic" vestments in the 19th century. The braids to ornament these vestments were designed by the Saint Bede Studio, inspired by a Pugin orphrey.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

During the Lenten Season

Borromeon chasuble
The Saint Bede Studio recently completed the vestments shewn in the adjacent photograph for a parish in the Diocese of Fall River (USA). This chasuble is in the Borromeon style.

Although there are many different shades used for Lenten and Advent vestments (none of which has a claim to being the correct colour), nevertheless, this particular shade of violet is closer to what was used during the mediaeval period and until the beginning of the 20th century.  It is a subdued colour, but not dark, closer to the shade of the flowers Violets. 

Instead of the ubiquitous treatment of gold ornament, these vestments are ornamented with galloons of charcoal and silver and are lined in taffeta of silver-grey. The vestments are ornamented in the Roman manner.

Click on the images for an enlarged view.

Enquiries: stbede62@gmail.com