27. Quilting by Isabel Stanley and Jenny Watson

April 12, 2010

A practical guide to quilting and patchwork with Techniques, charts and beautiful projects.

This large book covers almost all the techniques in quilting,including japanese sashiko, San Blas Mola and Indian Kantha techniques.

The techniques are presented in projects that are divided into 4 styles: historic, country, ethnic and contemporary.


I really like this book because it was able to include all the major quilting techniques, with projects that range from practical to whimsical to decorative.

I look forward to making the projects in the future, quilted and embroidered.


26. Gestickte Miniaturbilder by Peter Baumann (Embroidered Miniatures)

April 9, 2010

In German language.

Peter Baumann describes his techniques in making his miniature embroideries, and his choice of fabrics and using textile paints, which I find helpful.

Gestickte Miniaturbilder

He also shares the instructions to numerous projects, including slightly larger than 4cm squares, like the oval one in the book cover. The patterns are actual sizes (below: 4cm x 4cm).

Gestickte Miniaturbilder (2)

He has a website and you can try reading it in english through google´s translate: http://baumann-gesticktelandschaften.de/

Gestickte Miniaturbilder (3)

He has been embroidering and exhibiting since 1986, and has also won several embroidery competitions. He was a skilled mason and  a policeman.

peter baumann

You can purchase his book in amazon.

25. The Open Canvas by Carolyn Ambuter

February 18, 2010

This is an encyclopedia of more than 300 openwork stitches, from pulledwork to hardanger to reticello and needleweaving.

The Open Canvas

It is also a simple project book, where several samplers are shown to complete.

Needleweaving sampler

If you are like me, you would rather make your own design to improve your designing skills.

pulledwork sampler

24. Painting with a Needle by Young Yang Chung

February 14, 2010

This is a great project book on learning how to embroider oriental designs in silk. Young Yang Chung is a South Korean textile artist, embroidery expert and researcher. Read more about her in wikipedia. An embroidery museum in her name exists in South Korea.

Painting with a Needle

One of my first books on embroideries and textile arts, it is my only project book on needlepainting with asian designs using silk threads. I really admire her traditional asian style of designing, which involves symbols. Like this very large embroidery of panels for a screen. The two species of hibiscus (white and pink) symbolize the unification of the north and south koreas.

Unified Korea

I have not done any of the projects yet. I am looking forward to trying out some of them soon. Dr. Chung describes how each project will be completed. White Peacock and Peonies is one of the projects I want to embroider!

White peacock and peonies

23. Stumpwork Medieval Flora by Jane Nicholas

February 5, 2010

Stumpwork Medieval Flora

Another thick project book from the master of stumpwork embroidery. It features designs inspired by medieval manuscripts and illuminated book panels.

Stumpwork Medieval Flora end papers

I am thinking of putting those stalks in helmets. lol.

Stumpwork Medieval Flora illuminated

In this book Jane Nicholas shows the step by step process to complete the projects.

22. Ribbon Basics by Mary Jo Hiney & Joy Anckner

February 1, 2010

This is a project book and when you finished all the projects, you can be sure you know all the stitches in ribbon work.

Although I have not done serious ribbonwork before, I think this book lacks the convenient step-by-step diagrams we now see in most books and magazines. I think one should already have knowledge of the stitch names on basic embroidery, since they are also applied to ribbon embroidery, among with exclusive ribbonwork techniques.

Ribbon Basics

Each Letter of the english alphabet is used as the main theme, and flowers which names starts with that letter are shown.

Ribbon basic sample

21. The Encyclopedia of Embroidery Techniques by Pauline Brown

February 1, 2010

Encyclopedia of Embroidery Techniques

This book has lots of contents, and even has net embroidery and needle lace techniques which are not so popular anymore. But then because of its size, it can only discuss most  techniques in a page or half a page.

Encyclopedia of Embroidery Techniques Contents

This is not a project book, but it has lots of photos for inspiration. On this sample page on stumpwork technique, 2 of Barbara Hirst´s works are shown (no instructions on finishing included.)

Encyclopedia of Embroidery Techniques sample

20. Hardanger Embroidery by Hiroko Takeuchi

February 1, 2010

This was one of the many gifts I received from Asako-sensei, my teacher in bobbin lace making.This is a project book.

I like many projects in this book. I recently finished a napkin.

Here is my version:

it also has a photo of a sampler of all the basic stitches in Hardanger embroidery plus some of the more advanced stitches. Using only the photo as reference, I was able to construct my own version of the sampler.

Hardanger sampler designed by Hiroko Takeuchi

19. The Embroiderer´s Garden by Thomasina Beck

January 29, 2010
Embroiderer´s Garden Thomasina Beck

This is a very inspiring book. an eye-candy for embroiderers who also love flowers and gardens!

This is not a project book. It is a well-researched book on the subject gardening and how it inspires embroiderers.

This is an inspirations and idea book. With lots of photographs and illustrations suggesting stitches.
A whole chapter is dedicated on Knot gardens, with works that looks like those in Owen Davies´book, Embroidered Knotgardens.
The next photo is the embroidery which forms the endpapers of the book.

18. The Merehurst Book of Needlework

January 27, 2010

I like this book because it has Machine embroidery tutorials in it. It tried to cover a lot of techniques, but since it is not thick enough, it is very limited. It is not a project book, but has photos of embroidered artworks which can be source of inspiration.

This page shows one of the brilliant works of Barbara Hirst, great stumpwork book author and designer.