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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd (10 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747812217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747812210
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 0.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Another fine production from Shire. This one celebrates the remarkable heritage of exquisitely embroidered vestments still contained in our cathedrals and churches. The book outlines the traditions and mysticism associated with them and the role they still play in the 'theatre' of church, and shows how colour and ornament are used in the symbolism of the Christian faith. It explores the history of vestment production to the present day, covering the practicalities of design, the sourcing of fabrics and the embroiders themselves. --Ecclesiology Today 47 & 48 - 2013

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Sarah Bailey was trained at Glasgow School of Art in Embroidered and Woven Textiles where she first encountered the discipline of goldwork for ecclesiastical use. She has taught and lectured on various aspects of textile design and practice to all sorts of groups and continues to be commissioned by churches countrywide making vestments and frontals. Her ecclesiastical work references tradition but using modern techniques and materials alongside the very traditional. Sarah lives in south Somerset with her husband, a priest with nine churches, running workshops, lecturing, and exhibiting her textile work.

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This is a short booklet which is mainly images with a little bit of text. Neither content is very inspired. It gives some basic information. Some of the text reads a little odd e.g. throw-away remarks about contemporary Christianity and its "plethora" of churches. I am a Buddhist and this sounds rather insulting to me - how a Christian would feel I leave to them to say. Why write a book about church vestments and make gratuitous insults about Christianity? This sort of error could have been avoided with better editing. I get the impression that this is an example of low quality, amateur self-publishing which should have tried harder.

I tried this book because I saw a BBC 4 documentary about 'opus anglicorum' embroidery which is stunning in its skill and beauty and I wanted to know more. An amazon.co.uk search offered few books on this topic which I could read on my iPad using the Kindle app. This book was the first Kindle edition I found. It only mentions medieval embroidery in passing and has more focus on modern vestments which look, to my eyes anyway, rather shabby, ugly, cheap and nasty and without much evidence of the great skill and lavish beauty of the old embroidery for which England was once a world-leader. Pity. I can't recommend it if your focus is 'opus anglicorum' but it might be of interest if you have a casual interest in church vestments that can be satisfied by a superficial discussion illustrated with some uninspired clipart.
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I bought this booklet to enhance my limited knowledge of the subject. It's a very informative and well-illustrated book. The author's knowledge and love of the subject matter shines through and I appreciated the clarity of the writing.
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Very comprehensive booklet about the history of vestments leading to the present day. Well represented with photographs. Easy to follow.
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rewarding if short 1 Jun. 2014
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I think I was expecting a more comprehensive treatment in this book. But what I found was clearly an overview of vestments, their make and makers. Still for what it is it is an excellent overview.
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