A morning in Canterbury Cathedral looking at vestments

New Chairman David Broadbridge tries out vestments in Canterbury Cathedral

New Chairman David Broadbridge tries out vestments in Canterbury Cathedral

Last Saturday we had a really interesting morning in Canterbury Cathedral with Assistant Vesturer Sally Such showing us some of the glorious vestments the Clergy use on both ordinary and special occasions. At our subsequent AGM David Broadbridge became Chairman. Here he is modelling a lovely green chasuble. It was great to have another one of our Members, Susan, with us who also helps with repairing/altering the Cathedral’s liturgical garments. She says most of her work is sewing up holes in pockets! We looked at a number examples with gold thread on them. Susan told us about the practicalities of sewing gold thread. You have to ‘couch’ it, i.e. keep it in place by stitching it to the surface of the fabric with ordinary thread. You cannot actually sew through the fabric with gold thread. We saw some fantastic examples of design and embroidery. Many thanks to Sally Such and Christopher Crooks, the Cathedral Vesturer, for hosting our visit.

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