Category Archives: Books

Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches

This books has been in publication since 1935.  Each Revision has a different cover.  The 1998 version,  edited by Jan Eaton, is in full color, which most people prefer, and much easier to follow than black and white illustrations.

It’s available on AMAZON  (new and used)….

You can also LOOK INSIDE for a preview…

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books; New edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570761183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570761188

 

Beth Russell

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895774461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895774460

A selection of classic needlepoint designs–based on the works of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement–is accompanied by full-color charts, detailed instructions, tips on needlepoint materials and techniques, and a host of creative projects.

511f0b7g6blWilliam Morris Needlepoint

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st American ed edition (October 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517701669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517701669

Popular British needlework designer Beth Russsell presents–for the first time–20 needlepoint designs based on the original works of William Morris. With the help of beautiful photographs, the book reflects Morris’s passion for the pre-industrial world as it evolved through the three stages of Morris’s artistic development. 80 4-color photographs.

 

 

Victorian Needlepoint

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  • Publisher: Crescent (May 28, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517027801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517027806

This book presents 25 needlepoint projects b ased on the designs of William Morris and his contemporaries in the Arts & Crafts Movement. Each design is carefully cha rted and accompanied by detailed step-by-step instructions.

 

Beth Russell Fox 204 x 200 by William Morris  (TS05)

 

 

Mustertucher Samplers and Designs

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Samplers and Designs – Three Centuries of European Samplers

  • Author:   Irina Hundt / Lorraine Mootz
  • Publisher: Stocker Leopold Verlag
  • Language: German & English
  • ISBN-10: 3702012753
  • ISBN-13: 978-3702012755

 

For nearly three centuries samplers were an ordinary part of everyday life: from the 17th to the 19th centuries mothers and others helped young girls create samplers to practice the art of embroidery before they were allowed to exhibit their skills on ‘real’ embroidery. Alphabets, various border patterns, religious motifs and scenes or objects from everyday life were worked onto samplers. These samplers often survived and adorned the walls of many a home. In recent decades cross stitch enthusiasts across the globe have rediscovered and come to value these samplers, now considered cherished works of art which attract wide interest as valuable testimony to the culture of embroidery. Presented in this book are more than 40 samplers from all over Europe, as well as exact reproductions of 16 of these samplers in the form of counted cross-stitch charts. (The 16 graphed samplers represent Austria (2), Belgium (1), Denmark (2), France (1), Germany (5), Great Britain (3), The Netherlands (1) and Sweden (1).) Each sampler tells a story while providing fascinating insights into ages past. As a special service to the large community of sampler enthusiasts in English-speaking countries, all texts in this book are presented in English as well as German.

The following samplers are charted….

 

Images of samplers in the book

  • Austria 1  (Biedermeir)
  • Austria 2  (Maria Moll)
  • Belgium 1  (M.S. Beys)
  • Belgium 2
  • Denmark 1  (chart)
  • Denmark 2
  • Denmark 3
  • Denmark 4
  • Denmark 5 (O.Westergaard, 1840)
  • France 1
  • France 2
  • France 3  (Beauventre)
  • France 4
  • France 5
  • France 6
  • France 7
  • Germany 1  (AMK, BMP, 1698)
  • Germany 2
  • Germany 3
  • Germany 4
  • Germany 5  (1797)
  • Germany 6
  • Germany 7
  • Germany 8  (CWM 1821)
  • Germany 9  (Aachener Tuch)
  • Germany 10
  • Germany 11
  • Italy 1
  • The Netherlands 1
  • The Netherlands 2  (chart)
  • Spain 1
  • Spain 2
  • Sweden 1
  • Sweden 2  (chart)
  • Great Britain 1
  • Great Britain 2
  • Great Britain 3  (Elizabeth Hogg)
  • Great Britain 4
  • Great Britain 5
  • Great Britain 6  (Susanna Banbury)
  • Great Britain 7
  • Great Britain 8

Note:  Samplers with () have charts included in the book.  Stitches used for the charted samplers are Algerian Eye, Chain Stitch, couching Stitch, Cross Stitch, Two-sided/double sided cross stitch, Eyelet stitch, Florentine stitch, Four-sided stitch, Italien Hemstitching, Knot stitch, Over one cross stitch, Satin stitch, Padded satin stitch, Stem stitch, Straight stitch, Ten stitch, Long-armed cross stitch, Outline/back stitch, seed stitch, Holbein stitch.

Meaning of Christian symbols on European Sampler

Note:  Samplers with () have charts included in the book.  Stitches used for the charted samplers are Algerian Eye, Chain Stitch, couching Stitch, Cross Stitch, Two-sided/double sided cross stitch, Eyelet stitch, Florentine stitch, Four-sided stitch, Italien Hemstitching, Knot stitch, Over one cross stitch, Satin stitch, Padded satin stitch, Stem stitch, Straight stitch, Ten stitch, Long-armed cross stitch, Outline/back stitch, seed stitch, Holbein stitch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leszner, Eva Maria

Stickmustertucher

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  • Publisher: Rosenheimer (1997)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3475524759
  • ISBN-13: 978-3475524752
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds

 


 

Darlene O’Steen

The Proper Stitch Paperback: 168 pages Publisher: Annie's; Revised & Expanded edition (March 27, 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 1596358165 ISBN-13: 978-1596358164 Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches

The Proper Stitch

The Proper Stitch

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Annie’s; Revised & Expanded edition (March 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596358165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596358164
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches

Lesley Wilkins


Traditional Sampler Verses & Symbolism of Sampler Motifs Kindle Edition

Traditional Blackwork Samplers

Historic Samplers: Selected from Museums and Historic Home

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Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (July 1992)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0821219316
ISBN-13: 978-0821219317

This book presents 30 American cross-stitch samplers, originally made in the 18th and early 19th centuries, which are now antiques in museums and historical collections. The book gathers a treasury of rare samplers and devised charts for their recreation in modern materials. The author’s illustrated introduction to the collection offers historical and cultural insights into early American cross-stitch conventions. For each of the 30 samplers, a biography of the child who stitched the sampler, a photograph of the finished sampler and a close-up photograph of interesting features of each sampler is included.

Many of the samplers in this book are reproductions stitched on linen. Each has a brief history of who stitched it and when, a sharp color photo of the framed sampler (original or new), size, materials, directions, symbols and a black and white chart. The samplers feature assorted alphabets, verses and formal motifs. There is a page of locations of the original samplers, with addresses and phone numbers to arrange visits. Each has a note of what collection it is in. Many of the samplers are perfect as beginning projects, and others require a higher level of skill. There are 2 pages of the variety of stitches used, including: cross, eyelet, rice, star, rococo, slant, buttonhole, chain and working with a tambour hook. The motifs are quite inspirational to stitch from the charts or create individual samplers from a combination of ideas.

Sampler & Antique Needlework Vol 1

Sampler & Antique Needlework Vol 1

From the Introduction: “Needlework possesses a rich and fascinating past that predates recorded history. s-l500From records that do exist, we can surmise that from very early times, needleworkers used the crudest of materials and tools to create utilitarian pieces that are today considered to be works of needle art. Within the realm of needlework lies sampler-making. While the earliest surviving example of what is believed to be a sampler from the early Nazca culture dates to between A.D.200 and 500, sampler-making’s recognized history dates from approximately the sixteenth century forward. The making of samplers in times past provided a means by which a young lady learned the alphabet and numerals. But much more importantly, it taught her the needle skills she was required to master in order to be considered suitable for marriage. One of her primary responsibilities was to mend, tend and mark the linens and clothing needed for a household. Sampler stitchers of modern times enjoy sampler-making as a pleasurable hobby. While many of us ply the stitches to re-create masterworks from the past, we also have an incredible array of contemporary work from which to choose. The appeal for some may be simply to create beautiful, decorative pieces for their homes. For others, however, their pastime also serves to educate them to the art of the needle while stimulating interest in its origins. For those individuals, existing samplers from days gone by offer not only a glimpse at the techniques that were used to execute them but also a look at the times in which they were created. They speak to the morals and values of their times, as well as to the political and educational influences that affected entire cultures….”

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Symbol of Excellence Publishers, Inc. (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932437028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932437020

 

Mango Pratique

Minuscules & Majuscules Valerie Lejeune
Repertoire des Alphabets Valerie Lejeune
Repertoire des Frises Valerie Lejeune
Repertoire des Motifs Valerie Lejeune
Motifs Scandinaves Traditionnels Valerie Schira
Anges & Cherubins Valerie Lejeune
Bordures & Frises Fleuries Valerie Lejeune
Marquoirs en Liberte Valerie Lejeune

Dover Publications

Celtic Designs with CD-ROM 223 Permission Free Designs
Celtic Designs CD-Rom 96 Different copyright-free designs
101 Folk Art Designs Carter Houck
Celtic Charted Designs Co Spinhoven
Charted Swiss Folk Designs Elvira Parolini-Ruffini
Southwest Indian Designs Coloring Book Gaspas
Celtic Animals Charted Designs Ina Kliffen
Baroque Charts Designs for Needlework Johan Sibmacher
Egyptian Charted Designs Julie Hasler
Folk Designs from the Caucasus Kerimov
Chart Peasant Designs from Saxon Transylvania Kiewe
Southwest Indian Design Krez
Persian Rug Motifs for Needlepoint Lyatif Kerimov
Charted Borders, Bands and Corners Sandra Urban
Russian Peasant Design Motivs for Needleworks and Craftsman Stasov