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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Beautiful Filet Crochet Vestment Trim

Since I have been talking about Filet Crochet recently and showing you the Pretty in Pink dresser scarf I'm working on, I thought I would also share with you a project my mother has recently finished. It is a white edging piece for the bottom of an alb, which is a vestment that a Catholic priest wears while celebrating Holy Mass.

This piece is about 24 inches long and about 6 feet 4 inches wide. It was worked along the short side with 5 repeats of the design. My mother tells me that it took her 30 minutes to crochet one row without interruptions and she estimates that the whole piece has about 350 rows in it. That's a lot of hours of crocheting!

I believe she used #10 crochet thread and it appears that her filet blocks are made up of the one double crochet on each side and only one chain stitch or double crochet in the middle instead of the two that my project calls for. This difference depends on the pattern being worked and the proportions desired.

The results are beautiful. Take a look and see what you think.

Filet Crochet Vestment TrimThis is a close-up of the fancy designs that run along the entire width of the piece under the square patterns. I love the scallops formed in one row by the open mesh squares and in the lower row by the filled blocks.

Filet Crochet Vestment TrimThis is one repeat of the design pattern with the letters IHS, the beautiful cross and the corner designs that form the circular shape on the inside and the square shape on the outside. Beautiful!

Filet Crochet Vestment TrimHere is the piece spread out where you can see four repeats of the design and the fancy picot-like details on the very bottom. I love the little pieces that stick out with the open mesh crosses in the middle. Nice detail.

Filet Crochet Vestment TrimAnd here you can see the design straight on from top to bottom. This is an exquisite piece of filet crochet which will serve its intended purpose of giving glory to God simply by its beauty.

Good job Mom! Thanks for letting me share this.

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  • Hello, do you have the pattern? My mail is rodrigo.vildoso@gmail.com. Thanks a lot!

    By Anonymous Rodrigo, At October 26, 2011 at 3:47 PM  

  • How would I go about obtaining the pattern for the IHS crochet that your mother made. It is beautiful!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At April 15, 2014 at 6:28 PM  

  • Hi Anonymous! Thanks for writing! That piece of filet crochet my mother did is truly a work of art! I do not have the pattern, but you may be able to find patterns like it by searching etsy, ebay, ravelry or other such sites for something like "filet crochet for vestments" or "church filet crochet patterns" or the like.

    Good luck on your search!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At April 15, 2014 at 6:56 PM  

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