Thursday, October 4, 2012

Project: Sacred Heart Vesica

The beautiful Sacred Heart design pictured above is the very first design to be created exclusively by Catholic Embroidery. As a family business, it was very important to begin our new endeavor with our family's consecration to the Sacred Heart in full honor. Thus, the Sacred Heart image was committed to stitches, copyrighted, and the Catholic Embroidery gallery began.

Over the years, this design has been stitched as framable artwork combined with commemoration of feasts in a family, as a consecration memento in households across America, and in many other forms.

Thus, it is very fitting that as we near our FIFTH anniversary of the founding of our company in November, it is this Sacred Heart that takes form once again under the eyes of our needles. We were asked by a priest in Texas to make this design available in the form of a vesica applique. (Vesica is a term used to refer to an embroidery motif application to a given vestment.) This applique was created in a manner that would allow a local seamstress to apply the design directly to the fabric in a matter of minutes. Gold metallic thread was used to match the vestment's existing orphrey and the results were absolutely stunning.

Tomorrow, on the First Friday in October, our Sacred Heart design will mount the steps of the altar, embedded boldly over the heart of one of God's own ministers.

Introibo ad altare Dei - I will go to the altar of God


  1. What an absolutely stunning vesica of the Sacred Heart! Job well done :)

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Can you tell me how the appliqué was applied to the vestment? With small hand stitches or couching? did you leave a little white fabric to turn under the back or was it cut to the edge of the satin stitch?
    Thank you so much for answering these questions Sue

  3. Thanks for your comment, Sue! Not knowing who the seamstress was or what her desires would be for this vesica's application, we created the piece with satin stitching around the perimeter to provide many options for it's application. What route she chose, I don't know! However, I have known seamstresses to both stitch around with their machine (very carefully!) for maximum hold or couch by hand for a more temporary hold. We didn't leave any fabric around the edges, though we often do by request of seamstress if that is their preference. There are a lot of options! Sometimes, we'll even just embroider an image on fabric without any outside finish, so the seamstress can apply with trim to cover up the cut edge, etc. Hope this helps!