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Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches
This practical dictionary of embroidery stitches, which was originally published in 1934, has now been updated and illustrated. It shows details of 400 stitches - the working method, the effective use of the stitch and the suitable threads and materials. Photographs of historic embroideries from Europe, America and the Orient illustrate how the stitches can be used.
Unknown Binding, 208 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Hodder & Stoughton
(first published May 1st 1971)
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A comprehensive book with lots of background info on each stitch, where to use it and best materials to use for the stitch. Great tips and tricks as well. The only drawback is the instructions/diagrams on how to complete specific stitches are sometimes lacking in clarity. The history alone attached to this book makes it a must read for embroidery enthusiasts.
I never knew that there was so many different embroidery stitches. First published in 1936 this is a timeless treasure to add to your needlework bookshelves to refer to endlessly. It shows the stitch with a picture of it, then a detailed description of how to do the stitch. I will be looking at this book many times.
A treasure trove of embroidery stitches accompanied by full color photos and drawings. If you are experienced, I would rate this a 5; for a beginner like me, it's a 4 because I do not yet have the foundation to understand the rather complicated directions.