Josée Poupart, of the Seaspray Lace Guild, has donated six excellent books to our library.
Ecole Lesage. Point de croix et autre secrets de broderie. Paris, 2003. Don’t worry if you don’t read French – this is a collection of 40 patterns from the Ecole Lesage and iron-on transfers for each of them. They vary from very easy to advanced. Twenty-five are from the school’s archives and 15 are new. (For those of you who have never heard of the Ecole Lesage in Paris, the closest thing to it in the English-speaking world is the Royal School of Needlework in London.)
Ecole Lesage. Le langage des fleurs: Les secrets de la broderie au ruban. Paris: 2005. Another 40 patterns from the Ecole Lesage, with iron-on transfers. These flowers are done in ribbon embroidery and go from easy to elaborate.
Gibb, Helen. Ribbonwork: The Complete Guide. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, c2004. A very complete book about ribbon embroidery written for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced embroiderers. Included are innumerable exercises and 20 projects.
Montano, Judith Baker. The Art of Silk Ribbon Embroidery. Lafayette, CA: C & T Publishing, c1993. This is a good book for ribbon embroidery beginners. It includes the usual information about ribbons, threads, materials, and stitches. There are 12 projects, with instructions on various ways of using them. Don’t miss the two pages on using ribbon embroidery on clothing.
Kling, Candace. The Artful Ribbon: Beauties in Bloom. Lafayette, CA: C & T Publishing, c. 1996. More for intermediate and advanced ribbon embroiderers, Kling’s book has instructions for beautiful flowers, buds, stamens, petals, leaves, and textured finishes.
Duchénoy, Pascale. Le point de Beauvais. Paris: Editions Didier Carpentier, c1999. There are three kinds of tambour work: Beading, lace, and embroidery. Many of you saw tambour beading at the PEI Seminar. It is done with the wrong side of the material up and beads are added from below. Tambour lace is done right side up, using hexagonal mesh net. Point de Beauvais is a tambour embroidery, also done right side up and is a very quick way of doing chain stitch embroidery.