GENERAL NEEDLEWORK BOOKS

The rights to publish the A-Z series of books have been sold by Country Bumpkin to a new publisher. The good news is new reduced prices; however, the new book format does not allow the books to lie flat when opened.

rsn.jpg - 10098 BytesRoyal School of Needlework Embroidery Techniques by Sally Saunders is out of print as of January 2015 and out of stock.

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Embroider Now by Hetsie van Wyk is a book which deals primarily but not exclusively with forms of counted thread embroidery. Pulled thread, drawn thread, blackwork and hardanger are among the counted thread techniques covered; but in addition, a chapter called "Whitework" encompasses cutwork, shadow embroidery, needlelace, Hedebo embroidery, and other forms of non-counted embroidery. This book has extensive coverage of the techniques explored, in a manner that you will find in few, if any, other books.

Embroider Now (1977, 283 pages, hard cover)   $45.00

NewAtoZEmbroideryA-Z of Embroidery Stitches by Inspirations Magazine is a compilation of stitches which have appeared over the years in the back of this beautiful magazine. Stitches are very clearly illustrated with step-by-step directions.

A-Z of Embroidery Stitches (2014 reprint of 1997 original, 144 pages, paperback) $19.95

NewAtoZEmbroidery2A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2 contains more than 145 new stitches that did not appear in the first A-Z of Embroidery Stitches. Stitches appear in alphabetical order. Stitches are very clearly illustrated with step-by-step directions, and the wire-bound form of this book makes it easy to open flat to the page you wish to use.

A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2 (2015 reprint of 2007 original, 144 pages, paperback)$19.95

NewAtoZMotifsA-Z of Embroidered Motifs (formerly known as A-Z of Bullions) by the publishers of Inspirations magazine is a wonderful reference work. The description on the cover reads "a step by step guide to creating over 120 beautiful and individual bullion roses and figures" and that is an accurate description. Very detailed and well-illustrated directions are given for creating several varieties of bullion stitches, as well as for creating specific designs elements (flowers, plants, animals, holiday figures, etc.).

A-Z of Embroidered Motifs (formerly A-Z of Bullions (2014 reprint of 1999 original, 128 pages, paperback) $19.95

AtoZwool.jpg - 7523 BytesA-Z of Wool Embroidery by the publishers of Inspiration magazine is the third stitch book from this company. It includes both stitching techniques as well as projects drawn from the pages of Inspirations magazine. Illustrations are excellent and instructions are clear. The style of embroidery depicted is rather modern and realistic rather than traditional. Those who own Inspirations magazines may already have much of the information in this book, but it is convenient to have it all in one place rather than have to hunt through back issues of magazines.

A-Z of Wool Embroidery (2001, 128 pages, wirebound softcover) Currently out of print and out of stock

NewAtoZRibbonA-Z of Ribbon Embroidery by Inspirations Magazine is the latest installment in the series of excellent instruction books by this Australian company. This book is divided into three sections: stitches, designs (i.e., how to make specific items, mostly flowers and plants) and patterns. The step-by-step instructions which are in the form of photographs of each step with explanatory text could not be better.

A-Z of Ribbon Embroidery (2016 reprint of 2002 original, 132 pages, paperback) $19.95

NewAtoCrewelA-Z of Crewel Embroidery by Country Bumpkin (publishers of Inspirations magazine) is another "how to" book from this company. Like all of their books, this one is clearly illustrated with step-by-step stitch instructions that include color pictures as well as text (stitches are listed in alphabetical order for ease in looking them up). It also contains 16 different projects, complete with patterns to trace from. The majority of these designs have been stitched in Appleton crewel wool, which of course we stock.

A-Z of Crewel Embroidery (2015 reprint of 2004 book, 124 pages, softcover) $19.95

NewAtoZStumpworkA-Z of Stumpwork by Country Bumpkin is described by the publishers as "The ultimate reference and design source for all stumpwork embroiderers." That may be a slight overstatement, but the fact is that there are very few books published on this subject, and this one is a welcome addition to our knowledge base. The step-by-step illustrations in this book are excellent, as always. The 20 projects I think are less successfuly executed, but that is only a minor quibble.

A-Z of Stumpwork (2014 reprint of 2005 original, 126 pages, softcover) $19.95

NewAtoZWhiteworkA-Z of Whitework by Country Bumpkin is subtitled Book I. None of the embroidery techniques in this book are counted thread techniques, so perhaps at some point in the future there will be an A-Z of Whitework Book II that will cover counted thread whitework techniques. The non-counted techniques in this book include Ayrshire Embroidery, Broderie Anglaise, Candlewicking, Carrickmacross, Cutwork, Hedebo, Madeiran Embroidery, Mountmellick, Shadow Work and Tambour embroidery. Step-by-step instructions with photographs clearly explain every step in the various techniques. No designs or projects are included in this book.

A-Z of Whitework (2015 reprint of 2007 original, 159 pages, softcover) $19.95

NewAtoZGoldworkA-Z of Goldwork with Silk Embroidery by Inspirations Magazine contains excellent directions on metal thread embroidery. The first 110 pages of this book cover metal thread embroidery techniques. The rest of the book includes some basic embroidery stitches done with silk thread and a few projects done in metal thread and metal thread with silk embroidery. Stitches are very clearly illustrated with step-by-step directions, and the wire-bound form of this book makes it easy to open flat to the page you wish to use.

A-Z of Goldwork (2015 reprint of 2008 original, 156 pages, paperback) $19.95

newideasgoldwork.jpg - 11308 BytesNew Ideas in Goldwork takes a modern approach to embroidery designs featuring traditional metal threads. It contains very clear illustrations (both diagrams as well as photographs) of metal thread techniques. Chapters in this book are titled Tools and Equipment, Threads and Materials, Basic Gold Samples, Creative Metal Work Samples, Working a Creative Metalwork Design, and Creative Gold and Metalwork. This would be a springboard for a creative person wishing to explore the infinite design possibilities using these most ancient materials.

New Ideas in Goldwork (2002, 128 pages, paperback) $19.95

GoldworkEmbroidery.jpg - 9851 BytesGoldwork Embroidery: Designs and Projects by Mary Brown is a wonderful addition to the limited number of books on metal thread embroidery that are currently in print. It begins with a very nice section on the history of metal thread embroidery. The next two chapters address how metal threads are made, identification of different types of metal threads, and discuss equipment needed for metal thread embroidery. Metal thread embroidery techniques are explained next. The beautifully illustrated book concludes with several different designs and projects.

Goldwork Embroidery (2007, 207 pages, paperback) $24.95

RNSWhitework.jpg - 7519 BytesEssential Stitch Guide: Whitework by Lizzy Lansberry is part of the Royal School of Needlework series of "Essential Stitch Guides." This book includes both counted (pulled and drawn thread) and non-counted whitework embroidery techniques. Stitch directions are very detailed with step-by-step photographs supplemented with written directions. Although hardcover, the interior book is wire-bound to lie flat when opened for easier use. It is not a design or project book.

Essential Stitch Guide: Whitework (2012, 96 pages, hardback) $21.95

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