Could you please help advise me on building my Embroidery Book Library?
- Hi everybody :-)
It was my birthday this week and I asked for Amazon vouchers. I received
$175 worth! (lovely friends!!)
I now have some very important decisions to make. This money is intended
to build my embroidery book library. I rarely have money to buy books,
so I really really want to get 'the essentials' and to get it right.
I have tried my best to choose the right books to buy, by many perusals
of the various annotated book lists, but I was hoping that if I'd missed
something that might be really good, you'd be able to point it out to
me. I actually have more money that I need to buy the books that I
currently intend, so there's room for a couple more! (wahoooo!). I can
always keep it til a later date, of course, but I thought I'd send out
this query. I'd hate a gem to be hiding from me!
My interests are : 16th and 17th century embroidery, goldwork, and
historical stumpwork, with a large interest in the area of satin/long
and short stitch. Not blackwork. (not that I don't like it, but you have
to draw a line somewhere).
I love the techniques described in "18th C embroidery", but the actual
embroidery of the 18thC is a bit too flower-ish for me. I'm very
interested in the padding "18th C Embroidery" describes using string
(guipere and guifrere, from memory) (and would love to know of any other
books describing this technique)
I love the 17th full blown stumpwork and the earlier work where they
padded things a bit. Mostly the flowers and leaves, a bit on insects.
I'm not into stumpwork people. I don't paint people in my medieval
illumination work either, for some reason. I guess you'd describe the
designs I like as mostly botanical with a bit of fauna thrown in.
My current library (ok, it's small)
Therese de Dillmont - Encyclopaedia of Needlework
Clare Hanham - Beginner's Guide to Silk Shading
Mary Brown - Goldwork Embroidery
Trish Burr - Redoute's Finest Flowers
Muriel Best - Stumpwork
June Nichols - all of them
Books I intend to buy
Muriel Baker - Stumpwork : The art of raised embroidery
Margie Bauer - The Embroiderer's Handbook ***
Mary Thomas - Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches
Trish Burr - Long and Short Stitch
Gail Marsh - 18th Century Embroidery Techniques
Thomasina Beck - The Embroiderer's Flowers
Jane D Zimmerman - Art of Elizabethan Embroidery (tho not from Amazon)
Exploring Elizabethan Needlework - Dorothy Clark
*** This book shows step by step photos of 260 stitches. I will
definitely get tripped up by drawings that show multiple steps at once
that often appear in other Embroidery Dictionaries. I'm also left
handed, so need to reverse everything.
And the Mary Thomas is apparently a classic.
I am aware of the rest of the Elizabethan Needlepoint series (Festive,
Needlework Accessories etc) but I refuse to spend what money I have on
books that will take up a lot of space on describing projects that
include putting flowers in the middle of an outline of a cat and other
such modern horrors.
I intend to inter library loan them, and take notes of anything that
isn't covered in my other books.
If you think this is a bad idea and I really should buy some of them,
please tell me. They are also pretty expensive to buy, once you add on
shipping to Australia, for what I think I'll be able to get out of them.
I may be totally wrong of course.
I feel the same way about "Tudor Treasures to Embroider".
http://madsamplarbooks.com/TudorTreasures.htm shows some projects from
the book. I can get lots of slip patterns from Thomasina Beck's flower book.
I intend to get Barbara Snooks "English Historical Embroidery" (which
seems an obvious one to get) on interlibrary loan as one booklist
recommended, as it's over $US40 to buy!
I'm wondering whether to get another Goldwork book. Lemon? Zimmerman?
(tho Zimmerman describes work on canvas - and I work on silk/linen I'm
not sure what difference it would make). I haven't done any gold work
yet at all, although I have the Mary Brown book already. Would the Craft
of Silk and Gold Embroidery and Stumpwork by Erica Wilson be a good one?
Any advice would be greatly greatly appreciated!