Thursday, October 05, 2006

My Favorite Embroidery Books

Here is a list of my favorite embroidery books.





Inspirational Designs
  1. Treasury of Floral Designs and Initials for Artists and Craftspeople-Great book for inspiration for Monograms and antique looking designs
  2. Victorian Alphabets, Monograms and Names for Needleworkers from Godey's Lady's Book and Peterson's Magazine-Great selection of Victorian Alphabets
  3. Embroidered Monograms & More-Has iron-on patterns
  4. Embroidered Monograms & More, Book 2-Has iron-on patterns
  5. White Work: Techniques and 188 Designs-Has wonderful patterns not just for whitework. Does not have photos of whitework but I love all the patterns.
Instructional

Here is a link to Nordic Needle that has the hard to find A-Z books at a reasonable price.
  1. *The Embroiderer's Handbook: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Creative Stitches and Versatile Techniques * Perfect book for learning stitches, great basic companion to have, has some silk ribbon embroidery as well as other types of embroidery. Highly Recommended for learning
  2. Floral Stitches: An Illustrated Guide-Has ideas for flowers, basic flower instructions, and stitch combo ideas for crazy quilting
  3. An Encyclopedia of Ribbon Embroidery Flowers: 121 Designs-Has lots of ideas/instructions to create flowers with silk ribbon embroidery
  4. A-Z of Embroidered Flowers-Mostly project style for types of flowers, also has some instructions
  5. A-Z of Ribbon Embroidery-Wonderful basic book to learn and create Silk Ribbon Embroidery. Highly Recommended for learning
  6. *A-Z of Embroidery Stitches * Perfect book for learning stitches, great basic companion to have, has some silk ribbon embroidery as well as other types of embroidery. Highly Recommended for learning
  7. Embroidery for All Seasons-Awesome book for embroidering and creating flowers and gardens using thread. Has a flower glossary on how to create tons of flowers, and has projects, and project ideas. Highly Recommended if you love embroidering flowers and gardens.
  8. Silk Ribbon Embroidery A Workshop Approach for Beginners-Great book for Tips and Technique. Good for learning SRE with a second book like A-Z of Ribbon Embroidery. Or if you already know the stitches but need technique help.
  9. Bead Embroidery - Great book for learning bead embroidery has lots of techniques and ideas. Recommended if you want to try bead embroidery
    * The starred books are basically the same, made by the same people and have some of the exact same photos and instructions but published at different times with different titles. Both books are equally great to own.

    1 comment:

    Virginia said...

    Melissa,

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. For me, it is very important to have other's opinion about books.