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Title:  Merklappen
Author:  G E Boone-Stolp

“Old samplers tell a story, a language of solidarity with the domestic hearth, women and girls who did what their hands felt to do and expressed this with patience and great ingenuity in small cross-stitches, often embroidered on self-spun and woven linen. A ‘small’ world opens up to us, usually hidden behind initials, sometimes behind a name and name and sometimes a place name. And it is precisely in that anonymity that our samplers speak: they tell about the house and the church, as a rule each placed in a corner at the bottom of the lap, of marriage, with as symbol the wedding boat, the parents on the deck and the children somewhere in the put; every doll a child so that we can now see how many children were born from a marriage.
And then the work of the housewife: the cooking pots, jugs, fruit baskets, the hearth, the spinning wheel and the churn are told. The man is immortalized in cross-stitch beside his spade, which he will manage to handle in daily life. He sits on the buck and ment the horses, cares for the cattle and for the countless chickens and cockerels that occur on our samplers. Proudly he stands with his wife in the door of his mill. “(From the introduction)

Over merklappen gesproken

Over merklappen gesproken  –  M. G. A Schipper-van Lottum 

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wereldbibliotheek (1980)
  • Language: Dutch
  • ISBN-10: 9028414487
  • ISBN-13: 978-9028414488

An interesting article about the Author.


Books shelf by the door

Found more…

These will eventually need to be organized according to technique.  However, they need to be logged so it doesn’t get purchased again.


Bargello – an Introduction to the art of creative bargello – Geraldine Cosentino

Needlepoint from Start to Finished – Kim Cool / Iona Dettelbach

Flowers, Birds, and Unicorsn – Medieval Needlepoint  – Candace Bahouth

Erica Wilson’s Needlepoint – Adapted from Objects in the Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Decorative Needlepoint – Tapestry and Beadwork – Julia Hickman

Weaving Designs for Needlepoint – (63 projects, 32 color plates 80 photographs – Sally Nicoletti

Designer Needlepoint –

Beth Russell’s Traditional Needlepoint

Beth Russell’s William Morris Needlepoint

Victorian Needlepoint – Beth Russell

Needlepoint Masterpieces from Winterthur

Needlwork Tools and Accessories  – A Dutch Tradition

Victorian Canvaswork

Victorian Embroidery – Freda Parker

The Secrets of Southeast Asian Textiles

V & A Needlepoint Collection

Glorifilia the Venice Collection

Needlepoint Designs from Asai – Gay Ann Rogers

Tribal Designs for Needlepoint –

Decorative Victorian Needlework

Donna Kooler’s Glorious Needlepoint

Needlework Animals – Elizabeth Bradley

Needlework Antique Flowers – Elizabeth Bradley


Cross Stitch

Beaded Cross-Stitch Treasures

Greetings in Cross Stitch

The Secret Garden in Cross Stitch


General Needlework

Complete Guide to Needlework

Embroidery Now – Hvan Wyk

Broideries Indianes

english Garden Embroidery

Complete Illustrated Stitch Encylopedia

Motif Research Books

4000 Animal, Birds & Fish Motifs

The Secrets of Southeast Asian Textiles

Kreuzstichmuster aus der Biedermeirzeit

Kreuzstichmuster aus der Biedermeirzeit by Regina Forstner

Publisher:   Rosenheimer

ISBN 10: 0722518137 ISBN 13: 9780722518137

Language:  German

Description:  Color plates of samplers and motifs. Charts of motifs categorized by years starting 1800’s.

Stumpwork Books

A – Z of Stumpwork Stitches

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Search Press (January 28, 2015)
  • ASIN: B00RWTWE24
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

A comprehensive guide to this raised embroidery technique, featuring all the stitches and techniques the needleworker needs to know, with hints, tips, 400 clear step by step photographs and 20 beautiful designs. With its beginnings in seventeenth century England, stumpwork is today making a revival. Come join us for an exciting journey into the world of raised embroidery. There are over 400 clear step-by-step photographs and instructions presented in five easy to use sections and 20 stunning designs from around the world. Each design is beautifully presented with colour photography, easy to follow instructions and full size pattern. There is expert advice on the materials and tools you need to ensure success and enjoyment, and tips and hints to help you perfect your stitches and techniques.

Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork by Di van Niekerk

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844480909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844480906
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

This book is a must for all lovers of ribbon embroidery and stumpwork. It is suitable for first-time embroiderers as well as those who wish to learn brand new techniques. It is unique in its combination of ribbon embroidery and stumpwork. The twelve panels are each individually explained with step-by-step photographs and instructions, including a comprehensive guide to all needles, thread and ribbon required.

Stumpwork Embroidery by Jane Nicholas

  • Series: Milner Craft Series
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Sally Milner Publishing (December 31, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1863511830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1863511834
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds

Stumpwork is a type of raised and padded embroidery dating back to 17th-century England. In the wrong hands, it can look incredibly tacky and for this reason is sometimes ignored by serious embroiderers. Nicolas, however, has raised stumpwork to new heights, producing intricate, jewellike sculptural forms of fruits, flowers, and animals that make the possibilities of the craft evident. Here she teaches stumpwork in a well-organized step-by-step fashion that will make it accessible to even the beginning needleworker. This sumptuous U.S. edition of the Australian original is recommended for large public libraries and textile collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Stumpwork – The Art of Raised Embroidery

  • Author:  Muriel Baker
  • Hardcover: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (March 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684153602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684153605
  • Package Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Black and White – Full of beautiful examples of a rare type of renaissance embroidery.

Trish Burr

Long and Short Stitch Embroidery

  • Series: Milner Craft Series
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sally Milner Publishing; First Edition edition (August 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1863513523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1863513524
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pound

Feb 14 This book is a delight; the embroideries look real and are an inspiration. The flower projects have careful drawings showing how to produce such lifelike pieces. The text is clear and progression easy to follow. The silk shading is carefully explained. After the introduction there are chapters on materials and techniques and 2 pages of tips; the one to step back from the work and study it is very good, we all need to rest our eyes and think about the work in hand. The stitch glossary leads naturally into the tips on improving silk shading and needlepainting. The first 4 projects are simple flower designs where all you’ve absorbed can be used. Progressively more complex designs test the stitchers ability to put onto operation all the author has explained. Years of teaching are obvious in the progression of projects and gentle text. The colour printing and profusion of flowers is also inspiring. Merseyside Embroiderer’s Guild (

Colour Confidence in Embroidery

  • Series: Milner Craft Series
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sally Milner Publishing (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1863514260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1863514262
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds

Stitching is a very practical craft and it can be done in a simplistic way. Sometimes a piece of work relies on the choice of stitches used to work it and sometimes the texture of the threads plays an important role. But the use of colour affects the piece more than anything else. To achieve a painterly shaded effect, long and short stitch is usually the stitch of choice, but elements such as the type of thread and the direction of the stitches contribute to the look of the finished embroidery. The rougher fibres of wool yarns such as crewel wool absorb more light so that little imperfections don’t show, while smooth surfaces such as silk reflect the light and are less forgiving. In many ways, this book is as much about art as it is about stitching. The colour exercises are very effective and demonstrate the subtleties that shading can bring, adding light or shadows and sometimes making the highlights shine. Beautifully illustrated with clear photos, there are 12 projects, each of which focuses on a particular colour range, plus a glorious Sacred Kingfisher that uses all of the techniques – and is a challenge for more advanced stitchers… or perhaps for stitchers who have worked their way through the exercises and other projects in the book. This book really puts the ‘art’ into embroidery and teaches you all you need to know about ‘painting’ with a needle and thread


Angelika Walter

Kreuzstich Historische Mustertucher

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Augustus Verlad (1996)
  • ASIN: B001KJB4GO




Alte Mustertucher zum Nachsticken

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Buch & Kunstverlag Oberpfalz
  • Language: English, German
  • ISBN-10: 3924350825
  • ISBN-13: 978-3924350826
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds



Hemstitching books

Hemstitching by Marion Scoular

  • Paperback: 9 pages
  • Publisher: American School of Needlework; 1st Printing edition (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881952303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881952308
  • ASIN: B0010EC6S4



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)