They were hand-sewn and designed by my mother (KDB Designs) who has been developing quite a background in liturgical items. She's now done frontals and stoles, but this was her first chasuble. It debuted to rave reviews. I think she should include it on her webpage, along with the full hanging it was based on.
Years ago, she created a series of five hangings for my home parish, Grace Church Newington, for Advent. Each panel is an Advent candle, growing taller and taller as the sky gradually grows dark. The final panel is the Star of the East, in a field of crystal bead stars. She's used this design as the inspiration of several stoles and now the chasuble. It's sad that they will probably never all be seen together, because they all coordinate.
The coordination thing is very cool. None of the items were made at the same time, but they all share common elements in the color scheme and the use of batiks. The items grow, develop, and change each time, but still are unified and complimentary. I suppose, kinda like life is supposed to be.
Good job, mom! (If you start reading my blog, that is, so you can find out how cool you are! hello!)
I hope everyone is enjoying a peaceful post-Christmas. Between hospital hours, the parish, and 6 services in three days plus shut-in visits, this year was SO hectic, it's only now I have 24 hours of something like peace and quiet. Meaning I had to get up early for a Cochlear implant programming before running off to the mall to check deals at the Mac store to get my favorite grad student his new school computer...
Be at peace. See you in the New Year to cause lots more trouble!