Stitched Textiles

Thomas Roach

Advent Blue for Christ Church Cathedral - 1997

The music printed on blue dupioni silk is Cathedral music director Rupert Lang's setting of the "O Antiphons". The altar super-frontal was added following the Cathedral restoration in 2004.

Consecration of Bishop Melissa Skelton - 2013

The main portion of the consecration service was at the Vancouver Convention Centre, following a parade up Burrard Street, it concluded at Christ Church Cathedral. The challenge was to create a moving backdrop that provided celebration and continuity between the two portions of the service. Pin-tucked polyester with setacolour paints.

Green Vestments for St Paul's Cathedral, Regina- 2000

Inspired by how the grid pattern of prairie fields is intersected by the river valley, this set is made of green dupioni silk, silk-screened in three colours. The topographic contours of the Qu'Apelle river valley are hand stitched in silk thread.

For the past 17 years, Thomas Roach has designed and created custom designed Eucharistic vestments for Anglican worship. He is a resident artist at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver where he also creates seasonal installations.


He consults with Anglican parishes about how they can use liturgical textiles and their worship space to enhance public worship


Commissioned vestments are in the collections of Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver - 3 sets in blue (1997), white (2011) and green (2012) and St Paul's Cathedral, Regina (2000). In 2014 he was commisioned by the Diocese of New Westminster to create a set of 11 banners that formed the backdrop for the consecration of newly elected Diocesan Bishop Melissa Skelton.