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30 years of Church Textiles company

It all started in 1980 with an embroidered preaching scarf for a curate. Since then, Juliet Hemingray Church Textiles has gone on to produce a whole host of textile products for churches and clergy across the world.

Juliet and her team have produced thousands of stoles, altar frontals, banners, copes, mitres, chasubles and other religious regalia. Their work can be seen in churches worldwide, including many across Derbyshire.

The Archbishop of the Canterbury, the Most Rev. and Right Honourable Dr. George Carey recognised her gift at a clerical conference and invited her to make his Enthronement robes which were seen by millions around the world.

On the release of Terry Waite his church asked for a special chasuble (a priest’s sleeveless outer vestment) to be made to celebrate his freedom from captivity. Rich golds, yellow and oranges were to become the combination of colours used for a dynamic design that portrays the light that he was starved of for so long.

Husband Jonathon is just as creative, producing wooden sculptures, as well as frameworks for larger church altar frontals. His small crosses and other Christian symbols are for sale in many Christian shops and retreat houses across the UK, including The Hayes conference centre in Swanwick, or direct from his workshop.

To mark their 30th anniversary year, they recently held an exhibition at their workshops in Derby. They had a selection of their products on display, as well as seeing staff at work creating more pieces, large and small.

To find out more, visit their websites:

Jonathon Hemingray Sculpture

Juliet Hemmingray Church Textiles


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