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Vestments for All Seasons [Paperback]

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Vestments-the robes, stoles or other items worn by clergy, or cloths used at the altar-not only add beauty to a worship service, but are visual clues to the liturgical season and to the tone of a particular service. The most beautiful and meaningful vestments are often those made for a particular priest, serving in a specific sanctuary. But many shy away from trying to sew vestments, which seem too complicated and difficult to make. In Vestments for all Seasons, Barbara Baumgarten demystifies the making of vestments-from designing and fitting patterns, to fabric and color selection, to putting on the finishing touches. She provides patterns and directions for producing special vestments for Advent and Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, and general instructions for designing and making vestments completely from scratch. A history of the development of vestments from Roman times to the present is included, as well as a full glossary describing the various vestments worn by clergy.

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Vestments -- the robes, stoles or other items worn by clergy, or cloths used at the altar -- not only add beauty to a worship service, but are visual clues to the liturgical season and to the tone of a particular service. The most beautiful and meaningful vestments are often those made for a particular priest, serving in a specific sanctuary. But many shy away from trying to sew vestments, which seem too complicated and difficult to make.

In Vestments for All Seasons, Barbara Baumgarten demystifies the making of vestments -- from designing and fitting patterns, to fabric and color selection, to putting on the finishing touches. She provides patterns and directions for producing special vestments for Advent and Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, and general instructions for designing and making vestments completely from scratch. A history of the development of vestments from Roman times to the present is included, as well as a full glossary describing the various vestments worn by clergy, bishops, deacons, and choir.

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Studio: Morehouse Publishing
Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.03" Width: 8.24" Height: 0.33"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2002
Publisher   Morehouse Publishing
ISBN  0819218669  
ISBN13  9780819218667  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Barbara Dee Baumgarten is an artist and author who enjoys exploring the relationship between art and theology. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology and the Arts, and designs and makes vestments and banners for others. She is also author of Teach Us to Number Our Days: A Liturgical Advent Calendar. She lives in Kalispell, Montana.

Barbara Dee Baumgarten currently resides in Kalispell.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Vestments for All Seasons?

Another disappointment  Apr 5, 2008
The beautiful cover is misleading. The cover ends the color pictures. There are descriptions of the different kinds of liturgical vestments, but the patterns are limited. I am sorry I spent the money and am still looking for a good book with descriptions of liturgical symbolism and patterns for stoles.
 
Vestments for All Seasons  Apr 4, 2008
clearly written and beautifully illustrated, this was a helpful book for guidance and for generating ideas for vestment type and design. We are a new church without large amounts of money to invest in clergy vestments. This book was great for helping us design and make quality vestments for a fraction of what it costs to buy them.
 
I don't get it...  Mar 1, 2008
I've sewed for almost 40 years. It is obvious that a lot of work and thought went into this book. But I can't use it, and I returned it. I was under the impression that it would have more samples or ideas for making chasubles, and it does have some. Other reviewers are right - the cost of these things can be outrageous. This resource is excellent for someone who is interested in making every kind of vestment there is - and google vestment if you don't know what you're getting into. If you are primarily interested in chasubles, this will be a disappointment. I guess I paid too much attention to the cover. Which is very nice.
 
Important Resource for my Church Family  May 7, 2007
I am a candidate for the ministry and many of the women in the congregation have wondered how to make vestments (especially stoles). This book provides a great background for reasons for certain vestment. I got this book as a gift for my church family.
 
A unique DYI  Jun 3, 2005
Many churches have difficulty in finding good, useful vestments at a decent cost. Many churches also have a ready supply of creative people who would love the opportunity to turn their hands to providing good, useful vestments. This book is geared toward them.

'To encourage the art of vestment making, this book covers the history, unique qualities, and spirituality associated with these liturgical garmants and altar cloths, as well as elements of design.' Vestments are not without meaning, and not simply fancy and pretty things to use to make the service look more special. Vestments do have a kind of mystique about them, but in fact they can be fairly simple to make in many respects. This particular book assums a novice-to-intermediate skill level at sewing and garment/covering construction. It is not usually in the putting-together of the vestments that the hard part lies, but rather in the design and adornment.

This book is a good not only for those who make vestments, but also for those who wear and use vestments - how they are made is important, and this book goes into detail from the inside out of cassocks, albs, chasubles, hoods, maniples, and more. The second chapter goes into some detail about what each of the major pieces is, and how it is used physically and symbolically in the services.

Chapter three looks at design principles, to create unity and harmony with grace and beauty. There needs to be variety without being busy, rhythm without being oppressive. Principal colours are dictated by liturgical seasons, but from that point forward there can be great flexibility. This book discusses many colour elements and considerations, such as combinations of colours and symbolic meanings beyond the liturgical calendar, both traditional and contemporary.

There are patterns for sets of vestments for several seasons - Lent, Advent, Christmas, Easter, Pentecost; there are also pieces for special times (3 Advent and 4 Lent, which use Rose (or pink) sets). These tend to include chasuble, stole, maniple, burse and veil, as well as a few other pieces for selected seasons.

The book itself does not have sewing patterns such as one might get at a sewing/cloth shop, but does have design and measurement instructions for one to make one's own patterns; each chapter begins by listing materials required, and there is a chapter on general notions/supplies that one can expect to use.

This can be a good gift for the tailor or seamstress 'want-to-be' in the congregation, or for anyone interested in coming up with inexpensive vestment sets, thoroughly invested with the love and labour of the community in which they are used.

 

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