Helpful Church Vestment Books
Helpful Church Vestment Books
As time goes on, my library of Church Vestment books has grown, or rather multiplied. When I get asked a question, I often know I have read something about a topic, but it can be a challenge to find helpful church vestment books or resources for information on basic vestment-making details or definitions and descriptions of liturgical vestments.
Augustus W. Pugin’s Book
As the years go on, there are a few books that have become special and are often the authority on Ecclesiastical Vestments. The resource which I select depends to a great extent on the information needed. If I need a definition or description of an obscure vestment or liturgical item, Augustus W. Pugin’s book Glossary of Ecclesiastical Ornament and Costume is often the first resource selected. There are a few other obscure titles that might fill in the missing gaps if information can not be found in Augustus Pugin’s book.
Beryl Dean, Hinda Hands, and Lucy Vaughan Hayden Mackrille Book
When it comes to vestment-making details, the list of resources is a bit broader. Some frequently used books for instructions on vestment making include several titles from Beryl Dean, Hinda Hands, and Lucy Vaughan Hayden Mackrille. The books written by these authors are some of my favorite Church Vestment Making resources. The books contain a great deal of information, but also assume a “level of knowledge.” Sadly what they were able to assume was common knowledge from the era in which they wrote has now been lost. When looking for information within these books, one sometimes has to look at all of them. Each may have a tiny portion of knowledge, and when everything is pieced together, it makes a slightly more detailed picture of the process.
Embroiderer’s Guild Book
There is one additional set of resources that often gets overlooked, and should be pulled off the shelves more regularly. The books consist of a set of six titles published by the Embroiderer’s Guild back in the 1950s and 1960s and following. Each book in the series covers a set of topics such as Canvas Work, Vestments, and so on. The books are small but contain useful information. They are easy to use, as their size limits extraneous details. So when I know I have a specific Vestment and I need to know the details of construction, these are some of my favorite titles to use for reference.
So, how about you? Do you have any favorite titles on the subject of Vestments or Vestment Making?
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