New Books in the Library

Cave, Oenone.  Cut-Work Embroidery and How To Do It

The history of cut/pulled/drawn work; how to design it; how to embroider it; and how to finish it.  This a Dover reprint of the 1963 edition.

Preston, Doris.  Needle-Made Laces and Net Embroideries

This is a Dover reprint of a book originally published in 1938.  It includes instructions for the following needle laces and embroidered nets:  Needle run, tambour, Carrickmacross, Irish crochet, reticella, princess, filet, and tatting.

Submitted by Margot W.


Our Growing Library

More Books!

More additions, encompassing a wide range of needlearts:

Raised Embroidery (RSN), by Kelley Aldridge – Raised embroidery, including padded embroidery, needlelace, and stumpwork.  This book includes techniques, materials, design and seven patterns.

Goldwork (RSN), by Helen McCook – All you wanted to know about traditional goldwork, its history, materials, methods and six designs.

Crewelwork (RSN), by Jacqui McDonald – Technique history, materials, methods and design.

Inspirations, A Passion for Needlework – Stumpwork, whitework, surface embroidery, needle painting.  Twelve embroidery projects from Inspirations Magazine, so you  know they’re beautiful!

Sardinian Knotted Embroidery, by Yvette Stanton – Beautiful geometric whitework:  how to do it and eleven projects.

Stumpwork Embroidery Techniques and Projects, by Helen Richman – This book begins with an introductin to materials, equipment and tools, and goes on to cover lots of stitches and techniques, finishing, presenting, and caring for stumpwork.  It also includes ten lovely projects.

The Library Keeps Growing

Our librarian has been building our reference materials by getting several more of the invaluable A to Z series:

Embroidered Motifs – Tons of motifs, using bullion knots, that you can add to your embroidery.

Ribbon Embroidery – A comprehensive manual covering 42 stitches, 41 designs and 50 patterns!

Silk Ribbon Embroidery – Instructions for 32 buitiful flowers made of silk ribbon.

Whitework – Ayrshire, Broderie Anglaise, Candlewicking, Carrickmacross, Cutwork, Hedebo, Madeira, Mountmellick, Shadow Work, and Tambour – all in this one book.

Needlepoint – Would you like to add texture and variety to your needlepoint?  This book has directions for 68 stitches.

A New Book For The Library

We now have a copy of “Embroidered Bags and Purses,” Krause Publications, 2004.  This book is a collection of projects taken from Inspirations Magazine for lavishly embroidered, and sometimes beaded, purses.  If you didn’t want to make it up into a bag, the designs are beautiful enough to be framed.

The latest issue of Stitch Magazine is also in, so have a look at some of the latest trends in needlework.

New Books!

We have four new books in our library, all Royal School of Needlework Essential Stitch Guides and published by Search Press.

  • “Bead Embroidery” by Shelley Cox, was published in 2013, and covers using beads in counted thread and surface embroideries, with sixty-three pages of charts and pictures of the beaded stitches.
  • “Canvaswork” by Rachel Doyle, came out in 2013 as well.  Inside you will find almost everything you need to know about stitching on canvas, including materials, framing up and designing.  There are charts and pictures of fifty-eight stitches.
  • “Blackwork” by Becky Hogg, was published in 2010.  All about blackwork, there are sections on materials, framing, designing and seven pages of stitches.  Fifty pages of charts and photos of blackwork patterns fill out this volume.
  • “Silk Shading” by Sarah Hamfray, also issued in 2010, delivers on what we’ve come to expect from RSN Stitch Guides, as it explains silk shading/thread painting, offering information on shading, simple/complex shapes, and projects to stitch.




New Stumpwork Book

Recently added to the library is  “Tips Tricks and Stitches,” Kay and Michael Dennis, published by Kay Dennis Stumpwork.

The subtitle on this book describes it as, “A handbook of embroidery and needlelace stitches and techniques used in stumpwork.” This is an excellent small reference manual for guidance whenever you want to do stumpwork. It includes such techniques as couching wires, padding, slips, working over molds, and using metal threads. There are diagrams for 32 embroidery and needlelace stitches and six projects: bird, bee, snail, free-standing flower, strawberries, and a bird.

Stitch Magazine #1o2

Whenever the new Stitch magazine arrives, it gets passed around the worktable and eagerly perused by everyone.  It’s always a treat to be the first one to borrow this latest issue to really get into the articles and projects.  The magazine is full of interesting and accessible needlework, ranging from the very traditional – stumpwork and kogin – to the very modern, combining needlework with watercolour.  This publication comes highly recommended!